Mr Kenneth Frazier-CEO Merck Today is 19 August and it is World
Humanitarian Day. At a time when the pursuit of profit seems
to override any other corporate mission, Kenya’s fragile, unstable and hard to
reach North-Eastern counties is about the last place any company would consider
spending any amount of resources. Consider this. In 2014, one of the North
Eastern counties called, Mandera, had a maternal mortality ratio of 3,795 deaths per
100,000 live births, surpassing that of wartime Sierra Leone. It is inhabited by a nomadic community, riven
by internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism and cross
border terrorism. Widespread
illiteracy and cultural practices like female genital mutilation and child
marriage ensured women and girls would remain trapped in poverty and
desperation. Only the bravest and optimistic of humanitarian
agencies maintained a presence, amid shrinking budgets for international
development. In 2014, UN agencies in Kenya, like UNFPA, UNICEF
and WHO were looking…
Mr Matthew Russell Lee, who runs a blog called Inner City Press. Over the last 10 years he has repeatedly published malicious, false and libelous allegations about me. This started in 2007 and continues till date. I finally wrote to him to state all the facts, which I am sure he was aware of. He has published my response however the link is difficult to find on search engines. So for the sake of clarity I am also publishing my response on my own blog site.
Here is a message for Mr Lee. “If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly; it is light as a feather and a breath will carry it.” Rev. Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1855) Here is my full response to Matthew Lee. Matthew, For a decade now, you have been on a protracted campaign to publish allegations against me, accusing me of various wrongs including pe…
On Sunday, January 13, 2013, India marks two years with no reported case of polio. Given the size of population, widespread poverty, poor health and physical infrastructure and pockets of insecurity, this is remarkable.
But India still needs to maintain its polio free status for another year, before it can be declared polio free. And until polio is eradicated completely, the threat of polio re-infecting India and other countries hangs like the 'Sword of the Damocles'.
Polio is now present in three countries-Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The disease has to be eradicated from these countries in order for the world to rid itself of this crippling disease.
We are at the last mile and have to be resolute and unwavering in ensuring the utter and complete demise of polio.