The key to is to give consumers in developing countries -- apart from decent public works -- tools and products that make a daily difference in their lives. Which means getting beyond the attack on capitalism and IP. And it means giving entrepreneurs in developing countries capital, reducing regulatory barriers, and promoting distribution of their products globally. It also means retrofitting design specs for medical products so they are affordable.... A combination of cheesecloth, vinegar and a flashlight can be used to detect cervical cancer. This -- a temporary measure until less expensive pap smears are developed -- can be combined with immunizations to reduce cervical cancer worldwide. For instance:
"Officials are already working on a cheaper version of Merck & Co.'s cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil, which currently costs about $360 per dose. Together with stepped-up screening, doctors think that cervical cancer might one day be wiped out as a major health problem for the developing world. Among the places Gardasil is available are the U.S., Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand."
Why use the developing world as a political battleground when such approaches can accomplish so much more? http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/5025324.html