Thoughts on Child Mortality from Andrea Peacock
Posted by benjamincrookston on March 30, 2008
This is the first in a series of posts from students in a BYU Global Health class.
I remember the first time I learned that diarrhea could kill people. I was reading an article in the NYT about painkillers being banned in Sierra Leone because of concerns about drug-related crime. The statement I read wasn’t even in the same vein as the rest of the article. It just mentioned in passing that the leading cause of death among children there was dehydration from diarrhea. I started crying in front of all my co-workers. And I wanted everyone to see.
I wanted them to ask me why I was crying.
That was really the impetus for my resolution to do more. And I think that moment was half the battle. Because hearing something like that should make anyone angry enough or curious enough or sad enough or astonished enough to do something. If anything, learning more about global health has shown me that getting people talking; getting people to hear, is a big step. I think it encourages the cooperation and collaboration that I’ve learned is so critical for public health to succeed. We need people from politics, from economics, from anthropology, from sociology, from statistics, from business, and others to talk about it! It may not change the world, but it does foment some kind of action—even if it is just telling someone else about it.