Our world is changing but many of us
are still sleeping as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would say to those who
seemed to be sleeping during a time of social change.
about how one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many
people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and
yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses,
that the new situation demands. As a result, according to Dr. King,
they end up sleeping through a revolution.
As a Public Health
Practitioner I have seen and continue to see how many of us are
sleeping while millions are dying locally and around the world due to
diseases that are easily preventable and due to armed conflicts with
all their impact on the economy and health.
HIV/AIDS, pandemic is raising issues of justice, apathy, judgmental
attitudes, discrimination, non-responsiveness, and passive aggression
in our various communities.
War and conflicts in
Congo, Somalia and Uganda to mention only these three
countries I am familiar with, have become effective means for the
spread of this disease for which there is no cure or vaccine.
conflicts are destroying the basic infrastructure of these nations.
They leave children orphans, schools and health care providers
unmotivated by lack of salaries and basic material to work with.
We are challenged to develop a different world perspective. The
world events are reminding us of the simple fact that no individual can
live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can
live alone is sleeping through a revolution.
Dr. Pakisa K. Tshimika
Executive Director & Founder