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  • Blood suckers and the World Bank

    by Rohin
    25th April, 2006 at 10:50 am    

    Admirable and virtuous charity organisation, The World Bank, seems to have been caught telling fibs about malaria in Africa and India.

    The Lancet carry an international report claiming that the WB (no, not the channel that shows Smallville) have published fake figures and have squandered millions on useless medicines. It also alleges that the WB have welched on a pledge to commit $300-$500 million in Africa. The Bank says this is poppycock and are investing one beelleeon dollars over the next few years.

    It seems likely that the Bank have at least massaged figures from India. The Lancet quote the bank, which claims it reduced deaths from malaria in Gujarat by 58%, Rajasthan by 79% and Maharashtra by a whopping 98%. That’s almost all malaria deaths prevented in one state!

    Comparing this to the Indian Directorate of Nation Vector-Borne Disease Control’s statistics, the number of deaths from malaria went up in all three states.

    The World Bank is also accused of giving chloroquine costing $1.8m to India, which is not appropriate for the majority of malaria in the country and disagrees with WHO recommendations.

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    1. sonia — on 25th April, 2006 at 12:44 pm  

      Great post Rohin - thanks for highlighting. the more focus on complex global institutions like the World Bank the better - understanding exactly what they’re up to is pretty difficult. not that’s particularly suprising, part of their remit is to confuse everyone ( and possibly themselves)..

    2. Zak — on 25th April, 2006 at 1:40 pm  

      Hmm considering who the head of the WB is..misconstruing data for ones own prurposes should be standard practice nowadays

    3. sonia — on 25th April, 2006 at 2:07 pm  

      good one Zak. yep it’s quite funny isn’t it ..any attempt to appear ‘unbiased’ and ‘sensible’ is ‘somewhat’ compromised by Wolfie….

    4. Sid Singh — on 25th April, 2006 at 2:31 pm  

      BTW did you know Bono was considered for the position of WB prez after Wolfensohn?

    5. sonia — on 25th April, 2006 at 4:01 pm  

      goodness. well i suppose that just shows the role of that job can’t be more than a figurehead..

    6. Sunny — on 25th April, 2006 at 6:56 pm  

      Who still takes the World Bank seriously these days? Those who use it as a tool to “lend” money to countries, and those leaders corrupt enough to constantly money from it - that is pretty much it.

      Get rid of the IMF and WB, that’s what I say. Stop this silly system of handouts for corrupt leaders.

    7. raz — on 25th April, 2006 at 7:17 pm  

      Off topic - I think Sunny or someone needs to do an article on the current situation in Sri Lanka, where violence is escalating by the day, and it seems the Tamil Tiger suicide bombers are now being reactivated.

    8. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 25th April, 2006 at 9:06 pm  

      I think Sunny or someone needs to do an article on the current situation in Sri Lanka

      I started putting a few bits together but binned it until further information warrants.

      Ahhh we missed those pesky suicide bombers on our streets…

    9. Sunny — on 26th April, 2006 at 12:26 am  

      Kesara - do it… it doesn’t have to be extra long, just some commentary on how you see the situation. I was planning to put something together too and raz is right, an update might be necessary given today’s suicide bombing. I’ll help you on it if you want.

    10. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 26th April, 2006 at 8:32 am  

      Thanks dude but Im at uni today - if I get the chance to write something quick up I’ll mail it over.
      Ironically my class today is on ‘foreign news and the british press’……!

    11. StrangelyPsychedelique/Kesara — on 26th April, 2006 at 9:00 am  

      Hactually…f*ck uni…

    12. Steve M — on 26th April, 2006 at 12:26 pm  

      On that subject, I’ve met many Tamils recently. In fact, where we have lived, in Surrey and Bucks, Tamils are the most populous of all the Asians. They’re clearly refugees but are certainly not terrorists, nor do they endorse terrorism. Some tell me though that they are persecuted in Sri Lanka and one man, who was manager of a convenience store, told me that he had to abandon his businesses (mills) back home.

      Many years ago, I was a director of an engineering company and the company labourer, a young guy from Sri Lanka, used to come into my office for a chat at the end of most days. He told me that his father was leader of ‘the Tamil opposition’ in Sri Lanka and he’d had to flee to England when he was accused of murdering the mayor of his town. Unfortunately, I wasn’t very politically aware in those days or I could have asked him some pertinent questions and learnt more of the situation there.

      I’d be very interested to learn more about what gives out there.

    13. MACV - SOG — on 26th April, 2006 at 1:40 pm  

      I’ve written an ‘article’ but won’t send it in until I can check a few facts etc out.

      I’d be very interested to learn more about what gives out there.

      I wish I could tell you in a nutshell…sadly there are dozens of angles involved and when one visits Sri Lanka a lot of things end up being flipped over.

      *shrugs…such is the complexity of the world*

    14. Justforfun — on 26th April, 2006 at 2:00 pm  

      In 1981 I took the Rameshwaram ferry from Jaffna after spending a few weeks touring around that part of Sri Lanka - I remember feeling the resentment building in the air - it was palpable as I boarded the ferry - my god, the crush as 1000′s of Tamil labourers were being “repatriated” to India on each ferry trip . When ever a ferry overturns and thousands die I always think “by the grace of God etc….”

      But as to what is behind the conflict , after 20 years it takes a person with a long memory to give the original causes, but the original causes are probably immaterial to a present solution , as I fear the 20 odd years of conflict has created a dynamic of its own.


    15. MACV - SOG — on 26th April, 2006 at 2:09 pm  

      but the original causes are probably immaterial to a present solution , as I fear the 20 odd years of conflict has created a dynamic of its own.

      Right you are.

    16. sonia — on 4th May, 2006 at 12:52 am  

      i agree re: the world bank and the IMF. - the whole ‘development’ crew are quite nauseating on the topic though. *oh because thats where i want to get a job* or sth..

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