MCD's statement concerning the killing of Black people in America


December 10, 2019

Human Rights Day 2019

By Matthew S. Lynch

“I perceived clearly that I was participating in a truly significant historic event in which a consensus had been reached as to the supreme value of the human person, a value that did not originate in the decision of a worldly power, but rather in the fact of existing…” - Hernán Santa Cruz of Chile, member of the drafting sub-Committee.

Every December 10th, International Human Rights Day honors the codification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. It complements the founding document of the United Nations with a list of inalienable rights to which everyone on Earth is entitled, and serves as a roadmap for future world leaders to guarantee those rights for individuals everywhere. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

Like the UN, MCDI strongly believes universal access to preventable healthcare is one of these inalienable rights and it strives for this goal in all of its global programs. In 18 countries spanning Africa and Central America, we strive to ensure everyone the “right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being” of him or herself as UHDR Article 25 states. Our technical expertise encapsulates infectious diseases, sanitation, cancer screening, reproductive/newborn/childhood health, and performance-based financing. In Equatorial Guinea, we train health workers to help treat and prevent cervical cancer while simultaneously boosting governmental responses to Zika in South America.

This year, the UN’s theme focuses on children and the future in honor of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In its 24th article, the CRC recognizes “the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health,” and MCDI works tirelessly to embody the goal of this article. Under MCDI’s Bioko Island Malaria Elimination Program (BIMEP), for example, under-five mortality on the island decreased substantially through key interventions as well as through promoting access to malaria diagnostics and treatment. These interventions reduced the malaria infection prevalence in children under five by 57% in four years and reduced the overall childhood mortality rate by 64%.

For all the progress since 1948, unfortunately millions today are still denied basic human rights. MCDI has made a lot of progress in ensuring the human right to preventable health and long life, but there is still much to do.

Matthew S. Lynch is the Assistant Communications Officer for MCDI in the US.

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