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Is too much money being spent on Aids?

Richard Bowen | 11:33 UK time, Friday, 16 February 2007

It is according to a British Medical Journal article. The report suggests that other conditions like diabetes and malaria are being neglected as billions of pounds are being pumped into the global fight against Aids. Do you agree? Does the world focus too much on AIds? If so why? Are celebrities and other influential people too focused on this illness at the expense of others? Let us know what you think.

Also, after a another young person was shot dead London this week the spot light has once again been shone on Britain's inner cities. We'll be speaking to youngsters from across the world who've experienced gun crime and asking them what can be done about this growing global culture.

Here's the rest of the meeting notes for you to chew over...

Jane says...

The soul searching continues over the spate of shootings which have left three teenagers dead in south London. Now Britain's opposition leader has said fathers must be compelled to look after their children in an effort to tackle gang culture. We'd like to hear about your experiences and what you think should be done.

We got lots of response to yesterday's comments by the President of Ghana, John Kufuor, - he's urged the world's media to paint a less gloomy -- and more realistic -- picture of Africa. Should we be asking him to explain himself?

This is what Hasit thinks

A healthcare consultant has written an article in the British Medical Journal arguing that the world spends too much money on fighting AIDS. Roger England says that the expenditure is disproportionate to the number of people who have HIV/AIDS, and that more should go to other killers such as diabetes. Do you agree?

A former child soldier from Sierra Leone has written a book about his experiences. Ishmael Beah is now a college student in Ohio. Our audience could put their questions directly to him:

Christiane like this one

Thousands of council staff are being trained to police the smoking ban in bars, restaurants and shops in England. Should council staff spy on smokers? Should smokers be banned in restaurants and pubs?

And this one

What compels men to carry guns?

Anna has put forward an idea from her blog post this morning. It's about the environment...

Some of the world's leaders have signed a new agreement on climate change. This is seen as a step towards replacing the Koyoto agreement. Developing countries and rich nations will both have to meet targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Is this just more talk or does it mark a change in attitudes from those at the top to make a greater commitment to take greater action? Is it a given that everyone now accepts global warming exists and is a real threat? Or are there people out there who still think it's not happening...?

And last but by no means least my girlfriend Cathryn has flagged this one up for early March.

The Venezuelan president, Hugo Chavez, is set to shut down the opposition TV channel this month. Radio Caracas Television will close after Chavez refused to renew the license of the country's 2nd largest TV channel claiming it was aligned to an opposition group & supported a coup attempt against him in 2003. Mr Chavez addressed troops on issue saying he would not tolerate media outlets working to remove him from power.

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