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    Islamic Countries & Social Responsibilities?

    According to the United Nations report, wealthy Muslim nations ahve dragged their feet when it comes to donations for fighting polio and other dieseases.

    Persian Gulf countries have donated less than $3Million, with Saudi Arabia share being a measly $500,000/. Compare this to Rotary International $600Million and US share of > $500Million. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation made contributions in the range of $50-$99Million. Source: www.polioeradication.org

    Question that needs to be asked is why are wealthy Muslim nations indifferent towards human sufferings? Why the political/social/religious elite are silent when it comes to issues which impacts humanity. Why all the fuss about Jihad, suicide bombings, arms and ammunitions with no thought given to the basic health needs of their own and other people?

    It is disgraceful when we see the opulence of rich muslim nations and their abject contributions to welfare issues such as polio.

    WHO Urges Rich Islamic Countries To Give More For Polio

    DOW JONES NEWSWIRES</FONT>
    May 7, 2005 8:01 a.m.

    GENEVA (AP)--The U.N. health agency on Saturday urged wealthy Islamic countries to contribute more to its global campaign to eradicate polio , saying lack of funds could endanger efforts to wipe out the crippling disease by the end of this year.

    The World Health Organization campaign to fight polio has cost $4 billion so far, but member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference have contributed just $3 million, even though recent outbreaks of the disease have occurred mostly in Islamic countries, said spokeswoman Linda Muller.

    "The time to act is now, we can't afford to wait," Muller told The Associated Press. "That's critical at this point of the initiative, everyone pulling together."

    Indonesia and Yemen - both predominantly Muslim countries - are the most recent of previously polio-free states that have reported new cases since 2003 after a vaccine boycott in Nigeria was blamed for causing an outbreak that spread the disease to other countries.

    WHO said that it is looking to Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to give more money to its polio eradication campaign. None of those countries have contributed funds yet.

    A meeting of Foreign Ministers of the 57-nations OIC in June will be an opportunity to increase funding for the polio eradication campaign, Muller said.
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