In this country and most of the world, preserving the health of mothers and their children requires more than a greeting card. It will take renewed commitment to basic health care practices and fairness.
It's not one of those so-what days. This Sunday, and surely no one needs to be reminded, is Mother's Day. A day when perhaps more greeting cards will be opened and telephone calls made than any other day of the year.
Inexpensive medical care for such easily treatable diseases as pneumonia and diarrhea could save the lives of millions of children worldwide every year, particularly in poor undeveloped countries, a U.S.-based charity said in a report Tuesday.
Eminent leaders in various scientific fields shared their views on the partnership between academia and industry as well as the ways both the public and private sectors can promote global health at a symposium yesterday afternoon in Dodds Auditorium.
It was a homecoming of sorts: Bill Frist's first time back before Congress since he retired from the U.S. Senate more than a year ago. But more importantly, Frist's return to Capitol Hill on Thursday was a carefully orchestrated campaign to draw attention to a moral and humanitarian concern: reducing child mortality around the world.
More than 33 million people throughout the world live with HIV/AIDS. The disease accounted for more than 2 million deaths last year, and an additional 2.5 million new victims were infected in 2007 alone.