London A to Z
D is for “Dichotomy”.
Hands up everyone who was expecting that one.
In my Day-to-day life, I am aware of poverty and wealth, but not exposed to either extreme of it. What I have tuned into over the last couple of weeks is the Diversity of experiences that PULSE assignments can lead to. I’m on assignment with Save the Children here in the UK and my Daily commute takes me through the city of London. I picked up a magazine at the station and was struck by adverts making suggestions on how city bonuses could be spent; £43,200 on a watch or £44,000 on a mobile phone. What a Dilemma !
Now I’d like to Draw your attention to another PULSE assignment. Maryanne is also on PULSE assignment with Save the Children. She is posted in the Philippines. In the 2014, the human development index (HDI) of the United Nations Development Progamme, list the Philippines at a position of 114 out of 187 countries. This assessment of the country’s Development is based on a measure of its achievements in terms of life expectancy, educational attainment and adjusted real income. I’ve been following Maryanne’s blogs and have been struck by the Difference in the experiences we are having. Maryanne has been Describing the poverty that she is witnessing first hand; families who don’t have enough food, have no home, no access to affordable medicines and whose children are not receiving even the most basic education. I would urge you to read her blog and see what Save the Children is Doing in countries where help is so Desperately needed: https://gskpulsevolunteers.com/author/maryannemctighe/
There’s one more contrast I’d like to leave you with today and that is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Where the Philippines is placed 114/187 on the HDI, DRC is placed 186/187. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. It is estimated that 465,000 children under five and 15,000 pregnant women dying annually in DRC and life expectancy is just under 50 years of age. Last week I wrote about one areas that the Partnership is working in; Developing medicines for children. Support to DRC is another of the workstreams. There, the programme is providing healthcare to thousands of adults and children through the training of hundreds of health workers and the provision of health centres with life-saving equipment and medicines. I’ll leave you with a video clip to watch about the Partnership’s work in DRC– it expresses more in 4 minutes than I could in 10,000 words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch41FMYvCfE