Here's a thought exercise: what will the day be like when we finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria? When the beds in the malaria wards in rural Africa and South-East Asia are finally empty, what other diseases will the doctors and nurses be able to tackle? And what will happen to the AIDS hospitals -- will they be repurposed? Turned into schools? Will the AIDS activists share a celebratory drink with the lawmakers they've been lobbying for decades? Will developing countries, long burdened by these diseases, finally be able to enjoy the fruits of growth and prosperity? Will Bill Gates go back to running Microsoft?
In fact, with the launch today of The Big Push campaign -- co-sponsored by The Global Fund and The Huffington Post -- this might be more than a thought exercise (except for Bill Gates going back to Microsoft). That's because the progress that's been made against these diseases in only the last 10 years has been so staggering that we may actually be in sight of the day when no child is born with HIV, nobody dies of malaria and we stop the spread of tuberculosis.
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