Response to Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
This is a powerful topic in today's world, even in the United States. I found it astonishing that in South Africa over 10% of the population has HIV. That is a huge number of poeple. It is unfortunate that there is no cure for it today. All we have are preventative techniques. However, working in another country is tough when cultures around the world are so diverse.
Like this group said, there are so many factors that contribute to the high rate of HIV/AIDS. The government is a big problem, because they are slightly ignorant of the truth about the virus and disease. The government is also at a disadvantage with money, or chooses to use their money in different ways. This is why corporations are so important. They have the finances to help these people. But how do they do that if there is no cure? Education.
This, however, brings us back to culture. You can tell people what they should do, but many times the culture of the country will prevent them from taking your advice. In the United States it is less acceptable to have multiple partners than in South Africa, for instance, where polygamy is common. I don't think you can tell them to stop doing such an important part of their history. I don't know a lot about the people South Africa, but I do know that there are people in the United States that do not believe in birth control as a good way to prevent pregnancy/disease. It may be against their beliefs to use birth control, so telling them they can prevent HIV by using a condom, could be something they are not comfortable with. This needs to be considered.
A major concern about corporations, as stated by the group, is the face that they are misinformed or are lacking information about AIDS. If a corporation does not know what they are traveling across the world to "preach", are they going to do any good? Honestly, they will probably will do a lot of good, but knowing what is going is very important.