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Medical Sociology: Health and illness Justification

Health and Illness Justification 

At the beginning of the decade in 2000, Heads of States throughout the world attended a conference in New York City to commit their nations to a new global agenda in targeting major problems that the world is encountering. This new agenda and goal has specific targets to be achieved in the year 2015. Heads of States of the United Nations agreed to coined these goals and their specific targets as the Millennium Development Goals or simply put it MDGs. Each members nations of the United Nations which include developed and developing countries agreed to design and implement national programs to achieve these goals by the year 2015. Few nations are already experiencing immense progresses in the attainment of each of the goals and their targets. Majority of those nations are industrialized nations mostly in the west and Far East Asia leaving behind majority of the other countries still struggling in the process of attaining these goals. Most of those countries are located in Africa, Southeast Asia, South and Central America and the Caribbean. Within these goals there are specific targets about national and global health issues. Few of such health concerns are the widespread of HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cholera, Tuberculosis, and other illnesses. A specific goal with specific targets were set to eradicate HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Cholera, Tuberculosis and other illnesses throughout the world most especially in developing countries. However, very little efforts have been made since the establishment of the MDGs in 2000 and the spread of HIV/AIDS continue to be a major health concern. Malaria which is the leading cause of death of millions of children annually in most developing countries still stands as a challenge even in the midst of technological advancement. Malaria which is a preventable and curable disease still stands as a major problem probably, because of extreme poverty, bad governance and corruption in most developing countries. To me the image of being healthy involves a clean environment, affordability and accessibility to clean and safe drinking water and healthcare, healthy eating practices, regular exercises, and access to money through employment opportunities.

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