Schlagwort-Archive: Afrika

Merck is sentencing thousands of children to death

Lacey K., Care2 Action Alerts

Stop This Pharmaceutical Giant from Taking a Life-Saving Vaccine Away from Impoverished Children.
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The massive pharmaceutical company, Merck has backed out of its agreement to provide Rotavirus vaccines at a lower cost to West African countries. This decision sentences thousands of impoverished children to a long and painful death.

Babies infected with Rotavirus infections suffer from severe diarrhea and vomiting. While children in developed countries rarely die from the disease, it claims the lives of about 500,000 babies in developing countries every year. Most are younger than 15 months old.

This would not happen if pharmaceutical companies like Merck provided developing countries with the vaccine at a reasonable cost. Instead, Merck is going to turn its back on West African countries and sell the vaccines in China at much higher prices.

Sign this petition to demand that Merck put aside their corporate greed and reverse their decision to deny West African babies the Rotavirus vaccine.

Merck announced that they are opening up vast new markets in China just before they announced that „supply constraints“ will prevent them from sending the Rotavirus vaccine to the children of West Africa. This is corporate greed, plain and simple.

Sign this petition to tell Merck that it is morally wrong and socially irresponsible to sentence thousands of babies to death just so they can make more money.

Thank you,

Lacey K.
The Care2 Petitions Team

P.S. No baby should suffer a painful and easily preventable death just because they live in poverty. Tell Merck to send the promised amount of Rotavirus vaccines to West Africa.


We must ban the transport of elephant body parts!

South African Airways: Stop Transporting Ivory and Other Hunting Trophies
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When Teresa visited the Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda recently, she was surprised to see no elephants. A ranger told her it was because there are essentially no more elephants to be seen in the National Park. The poaching of these animals has resulted in their disappearance.

One party that’s complicit in the near disappearance of African elephants are the airlines that allow for the transport of ivory, including South African Airlines. That’s why Teresa wrote a petition asking for them to reinstate their previous ban on transporting ivory — will you join her effort?

African elephants are in trouble. They elephants in Africa are being killed for their tusks at a rate of one every 15 minutes. This number includes poaching and also those animals killed through trophy hunting.

Elephants are a keystone species that play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live. Saving the elephants requires strengthening anti-poaching efforts and patrols in Africa’s parks, supporting governments in apprehending and sentencing ivory traffickers, and putting an end to legal trophy hunting.

South African Airways originally joined the worldwide embargo on transporting legally hunted trophies last year, but lifted the ban just three months later. Allowing the shipment of ivory is the same as providing a getaway vehicle for the theft of African wildlife. Whether the hunt is legal or illegal — the end result is the same.

There are estimated to be only 400,000 elephants left in Africa. To protect these amazing creatures, we need a unified front and the airlines are important in the fight. Sign Teresa’s petition to demand that South African Airways contribute to saving Africa’s remaining elephants by reinstating its ban on ivory transportation.

Thank you,

Kelsey B.
The Care2 Petitions Team

P.S. Ending the decimation of elephants requires us to stop the flow of their body parts for money. Will you join in asking South African Airways to ban the transport of ivory?

Am unterem Ende der Leiter: Warum Afrika nicht aufholt — zebralogs

Warum nimmt kaum ein afrikanisches Land eine ähnliche Entwicklung wie die asiatischen Tigerstaaten oder China? […] Zwar weisen einige afrikanische Länder seit einigen Jahren hohe Wachstumsraten auf (beispielsweise Äthiopien, die Elfenbeinküste, Tansania, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Ruanda oder auch die DR Kongo). Allerdings gehen Experten davon aus, dass dieses Wachstum nicht dauerhaft anhalten wird – […]

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