10th December 2008 is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 1948-2008
This theme for 2008 “Dignity and justice for all of us” reinforces the vision of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as a commitment to universal dignity and justice. It is not a luxury or a wish-list.
The UDHR and its core values, inherent human dignity, non-discrimination,equality, fairness and universality apply to everyone, everywhere and always.
Teh Declaration is universal, enduring and vibrant, and it concerns us all.
Letter from Mary Donohoe as published in The Irish Times Wednesday Dec 10th:
The greatest challenge to healthcare delivery in African countries is the acute shortage of healthcare workers, in particular doctors and nurses
In many cases healthcare systems have been brought to their knees as a result of HIV and associated TB infections.
In Malawi for example, there is one doctor and 56 nurses per 100,000 patients.
In this the 60th anniversary of the universal declaration of human rights, we in the developed world need to create healthcare partnerships with these struggling nations, that will facilitate the delivery of healthcare and in turn reduce the unconscionable level of human suffering.