ACCRA, Ghana -- One of the places we visited with Bono today was a local medical clinic that for years had been running in the red and cutting services. But because Bono was able to relieve Ghana of debt to richer nations, the clinic is out of debt now and offering more services.
The estimates are that 9,000 people a day are dying here in Africa. And between the HIV and the malaria that are causing such a high death toll, Bono and others say the sad fact here is: a few dollars can save a life.
Two pills -- $2, taken twice a day -- can bring someone with HIV back from illness to a fully productive life. Mosquito netting -- $7 worth -- can save a child's life by preventing malaria. The tragedy is that it's that simple.
So many Americans have asked what they can do to help here. Bono's organization doing this work is called ONE. Their Web site can be found at www.one.org.