U.S. Financial Involvement in Worldwide Condom Production (March 2009)

[ED. Over the last many years, USAID used a condom manufacturer in Dothan, AL, to produce hundreds of millions of condoms for USAID to distribute worldwide. "…southern Alabama used to be a hub for latex manufacturing, mostly condoms…" It is a very sad state of affairs when some people's livelihood depends on producing "safer sex" condoms for people around the world, exposing them to diseases which cause their morbidity and mortality. This article contains fascinating information about the condom industry and USAID's involvement.] Chinese Condoms Could Mean Layoffs for U.S. Workers Alabama-Based Company Facing Closure After Loss of Government Contract http://abcnews.go.com/Business/IndustryInfo/story?id=7181080&page=1 By SARAH NETTER March 27, 2009 At a time when America is bleeding jobs, an Alabama condom factory has lost its U.S. government contract to an overseas manufacturer and may be forced to close, leaving its workers with few prospects.. China and Condom Manufacturing Workers at the Alatech Healthcare Products factory may soon be out of a job now that the U.S. government took its condom contract overseas. Condoms for the U.S. Agency for International Development accounted for the majority of Alatech's business. (ABC News Photo Illustration / Alatech Healthcare) For years, Alatech Healthcare Products, based in Dothan, Ala., has relied on its contract with the U.S. Agency for International Development, which provides condoms to foreign governments and nonprofit entities, to fight HIV and AIDS and assist in family planning. While USAID has pointed to quality and reliability issues as the reason it's decided to stop using Alatech Healthcare condoms, Alatech's president said the government was only interested in getting its condoms for the cheapest price. And because,...