This may be at its surface orthogonal to the NCD sphere, but at its core is
a powerful example of a public health leader with a conscience stepping up
Jim Kim, President of The World Bank, raises his voice and the temperature
on structural discrimination in Uganda targeting homosexuals through
opinion pieces in the Washington Post. Thanks to those for sharing offline.
"These recent anti-gay laws, and many others that have been on the books
for years, are acutely ironic. Just 15 years ago, a small band of gay men
and women -- largely in the United States but also in Europe and parts of
Africa -- fought with all their intellect, energy and creativity to expand
access to treatment for all people with HIV/AIDS. In 2000, just 50,000
people in the developing world received AIDS treatment. Today, largely
thanks to the work of these gay activists and others, more than 10 million
people are being treated with AIDS drugs -- most of them African.
At the World Bank Group, we will have a full internal discussion over the
coming months about discrimination more broadly and how it would affect our
projects and our gay and lesbian staff members. My view is that the fight
to eliminate all institutionalized discrimination is an urgent task.
After all, the bottom line is clear: Eliminating discrimination is not only
the right thing to do; it's also critical to ensure that we have sustained,
balanced and inclusive economic growth in all societies -- whether in
developed or developing nations, the North or the South, America or