To state that the “Big Aid” Goals don’t factor in assisting low-income countries is not an understatement. Over the recent years projects like assisting Millennium Villages are definitely able to provide short term benefits by assisting in regional areas or countries that are economically impoversished by targeting solutions to diseases, Malaria, through pubic health organizations.

In numerous amounts of case studies, Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases in African regions. Malaria is almost always linked with low income geographical areas.  In one of the case studies in South Africa, Zambia, there was a project conducted by the American Red Cross to help provide health relief. However, Professor Easterly, author of The White Man’s Burden, and as he states in his article was not in favor. By providing free nets to Zambia and Sub Saharan Africa people are able to use them while achieving a high coverage. It is evident to state that there has been a 51 percent drop in deaths pertaining to Malaria. The fact that this strategy is able to benefit at least half or more than a million children is vital. When these programs are designed to work in a larger scale, it can make vital differences in the international community in regards to public health.

Although Professor Easterly states that these programs are doomed to fail, it is important to acknowledge that they have had an enormous impact on the lives of these people. Combating these diseases can help the economic growth. In order to allocate this money, receiving aid from the rich isn’t the only solution but it can help alleviate the situation. If there was a minimum of 0.1 percent of GDP given to donor countries.

As Sachs states in Aid Amnesia the important question is not if aid is needed but how it is delivered it could save thousands of lives. The World Trade Organization would to an extent assist through its Commission on Macroeconomics and Health because they did approach Malaria as a burden and asked themselves how they can approach this disease. However, that is only one burden out of many that economic developing countries are experiencing. It is important to address that although regional areas in Africa for example the Sub Saharan are combatting the Malaria as a health issue, there are in addition, more issues involving the Millennium Villages, for example the water wells and its development as Professor Easterly states. In the article that Professor Easterly posted he mentioned that although Sachs obtained economic aid, he did not meet his goals, determined by the United Nations. The underlying reason being is that there are more issues than diseases such as Maleria. These regional areas are combatting issues pertaining to poverty and hunger, education, gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria, environmental sustainability, and a global partnership for development which the United Nations Millennium Development Goals is designed to address. Although Sachs analyzes objective goals, it is important to favor Professor Easterly and long term solutions to impoverished geographical regions.



  1. The author makes some great points in this blog; I agree that it is important to acknowledge the short term benefits of many aid programs even while realizing we must focus on long term solutions. The short-term benefits and the relief these programs bring to so many people should not be overlooked. But it is important to focus on long-term solutions in order to prevent these problems from continuing in the future and to reduce the need for short-term relief. Besides this need for long term-focus, there is also a need to address the structural reasons these issues such as malaria, maternal health problems, poverty, and huger (the issues covered by the Millennium Development Goals) are able to persist. Strong emphasis should be placed on the underlying causes of these issues and the reasons why the government is not able to solve these issues. By solving the structural and underlying issues, you will be able to eradicate the secondary issues.


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