Christian Long

Ernest Madu: World Class Health Care

In TED Talks on May 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Reflection by MATT S.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Ernest Madu:  World Class Health Care

Besides AIDs and HIV, cardiovascular disease is a big problem in Africa and Dr. Madu wants to fix that problem. He wants to connect all the hospitals in America to Africa and give Africa new and better materials for fighting cardiovascular disease. He says it’s easy to say what we want to do but it’s hard to put our money where our mouth is and actually do something about the situation. Like Bono, Dr. Madu wants everyone’s help to help save millions of lives. 17 million people die from a heart disease each year. 32 million heart attacks and strokes occur.

Most of these problems are developing in more countries and the majority is Africa. 50 percent of people will die within thte first 24 hours if not treated. Those are very scary statistics and they need to be going down but there is not much being done in Africa for it to happen. Dr. Madu says that is hypertension alone is treated, 250,000 people would be saved. That is a great number, especially because that is just from one desease. HE brings up a good point that we all talk about HIV and malaria in Africa but the non-communicable disease will be the downfall of Africa. I believe that we all need to donate some money to Africa’s emergency and help out just a little bit. Even a little bit would be enough to help save kids and orphans in Africa. They really need all the help they can get.

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