by Hannah Keppler
A few weeks ago, I watched the compelling documentary “Fire in the Blood,” an account of how Western pharmaceutical companies thwarted access of potentially life-saving AIDS drugs in Africa and the opposing grassroots effort to bypass these obstacles. I will summarize the key issues addressed in this controversial story, which also apply to the larger context of medical access in the developing world, and the roles of Western nations in global health. This article will serve as a jumping-off point for future articles, where I will explore further some of the issues that are raised. With this article, I will try to demonstrate the problem, but you will have to stay tuned to hear about possible solutions.
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