When I get the flu, I know what to do. Drink lots of fluids, keep my temperature in check and rest. This method is a reasonable one that works a majority of the time, but then again I have been vaccinated and have clean water at my finger tips.
Meanwhile in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia…
When a child in Sub-Saharan Africa or South Asia becomes ill it is a different story. A story that is likely to end in death.
Over 2 Million children die from Pneumonia and diarrhea every year. UNICEF released that they are attempting to combat this horrifying epidemic of human loss with basic vaccination programs, with the hope of saving the 2 million
Vaccinations, the simple shot in the arm or drops under the tongue will mean life or death a few months down the road for an infant, and yet the availability of this simple procedure for millions is still unattainable.
I have written about vaccinations before and have discussed the atrocities when there are a lack of vaccinations. You have seen the ads on TV and heard the news reports just like me. When I compare the issue to the most recent technological achievements of humanity, it seems as if we are experiencing a paradox in the space time continuum.
As we continue to become exponentially advanced in our technological ability to communicate and be industrious, we still have yet to keep up with the primordial bacterium that steal our children as they play in the sunlight.
We can say lets give more money which is great, but what we really need are the future and current minds, the investment in time and the genius to focus on fighting back diseases from the beginning of time. We need the strength of the strong and powerful men and women to ensure that the vaccination programs be implemented efficiently and free of corruption. Maybe we need to prioritize more, maybe we need to encourage and guide our young fruitful minds to a revolution against the single celled organisms that attack with no remorse.
I applaud the geniuses who are currently and tirelessly working to stop the spread of disease, and I can only hope that one day the impact of their work on the lives of the children they serve is that of a giant asteroid.
A life shall not be wasted on a single celled bacterium organism…
“Unicef: Tackling Diarrhoea and Pneumonia Saves 2m Lives.” BBC News. BBC, 06 Aug. 2012. Web. 20 June 2012. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18353199>