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December 20, 2019

International Human Solidarity Day 2019



By Matthew S. Lynch

“We acknowledge that the people of the world have shown in different ways an urgent need to address profound social problems,” the 1995 Copenhagen Declaration on Social Development states, and “we acknowledge that our societies must respond more effectively to the material and spiritual needs of [those] individuals.”

On social media, in honor of International Human Solidarity Day, we asked our followers and the world one simple question: what does “solidarity” mean to you? According to the United Nations General Assembly, it is one of the fundamental and universal values underlining relations between peoples in this century. For MCDI, like the Copenhagen Declaration, “solidarity” does not simply describe an awareness of the injustice of others but acting to aid those who suffer or who benefit least.

Our work in Africa, for example, targets those who are most vulnerable for contracting contagious diseases (i.e., HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis) such as pregnant women and young children. In Gabon, we lead a project to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV through increasing antenatal care visits, providing anti-retroviral medicine to women at antenatal care visits, and training health care professionals on HIV counseling. In South Africa, we established support groups for pregnant women facilitated by a cadre of trained, community-based “family companions.” Ultimately, our programs reached 69,422 children under five and 150,533 women of reproductive age who would not normally have access to life-saving medications and preventative care.

MCDI takes this International Solidarity Day to spotlight its work improving the health and wellbeing of people worldwide as well as encourage action on new initiatives for universal access to quality public health care systems. Achieving it, however, is only possible when the right stakeholders are engaged. MCDI will work hard to leverage the strengths of civil society, the private sector, communities, and health practitioners to ensure everyone has access to a basic package of essential health services and is protected from experiencing financial hardships to get the care they need.

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





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