UN MDG Response II
I was quite moved by Sarah and Krista's presentation on MDG No. 4, reducing child mortality, especially after viewing the video they put together. The video juxtaposed the smiling and eager faces of bright-eyed children––the sort of idealized vision of children people often assume––with images of disease and death, images of hollow-eyed children with emaciated, skeletal frames––the stark truth of the matter. The video ends with a quote saying, "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." Often though we may hear it, and trite though it may seem, children are our future, and it is vital that we ensure their health welfare. First we must do it for their own sakes, but we must also realize that how we care for our children is a measure of ourselves, the present state of society. And if we cannot establish a foundation for future generations, as many prior generations have done for us, then their is a serious flaw in our society, some unsustainable preoccupation with irrelevant objects––avarice or some other such thing. As Sarah and Krista showed, we can work to reduce child mortality. Their topic dovetails smoothly with mine, that is, ensuring access to affordable drugs and health care. Though I focussed specifically on AIDS drugs, all drugs battling infectious diseases are essential––even just mosquito nets, as was mentioned in the presentation. Much of reducing child mortality consists in obtaining medicines to treat and prevent diseases that, though curable, when left untreated will kill. The quote that Sarah and Krista leave us with in their video, "What kind of message are we sending?" really makes us step back and take a look at ourselves, hopefully to the benefit of the many millions of impoverished and disadvantaged children worldwide.