We are living in the 21st century with very advanced technology and have witnessed a magical advancement in the technology particularly in the field of electronics. When I see governments across the globe spending huge amounts on advancement in the technology in the field of electronics, electrical, mechanical and IT, I feel we are lacking the similar efforts in medical research.
Today we l have a grave threat in the form of a fatal disease named AIDS, which has defeated all our technologyt. Even in today’s modern world, being diagnosed with HIV means first to wait for ultimately diagnosing with the AIDS and then to wait for the death. As per an estimate by WHO nearly 40 million people across the world are living with HIV, and the worst thing is that only about 20% of them are aware of their disease. Here the situation becomes graver as the people who don’t know they are HIV positive may continue transferring their disease to others as the HIV can transfer through unprotected sex.There must be many other diseases for which there are no cure but the threat AIDS brings to the world is very alarming. The disease is spreading very fast in the world and India is no exception.
And in our country we never want to take lead in any fundamental research, we always wait for the western world to do some wonders. Government in our country is doing it’s bit in spreading awareness about AIDS but if it comes to finding some cure, we are awaiting western world to come with results.
Even in the western world of course lots of works are going on in the research but have not yielded any results so far.Yes, some progress is achieved but that’s not up to the mark. I wonder whether they(Governments) are trying their best or want to invest more money in better profit making technologies or the (Defense) technologies that will ensure their dominance over rest of the world.In the US 60% of the total budget allocated to HIV/AIDS activities goes in care of the people who are already diagnosed and only about 14% goes in research and rest is spent in prevention, financial assistance to the patients etc. Of course care of the people already diagnosed is necessary but no less importance should be given to the research works, after all by doing research only we can hope to fight against the deadly disease.Here i dont mean that pouring money in the research will bring the results for sure but it reflects the seriousness to the job in hand.
I hope we humans aim to do our best to find the ways for the well being of our society and civilization, and anything else should be secondary and in this regard finding a cure of HIV is one of the most crucial targets for us.