Date: August 2011
The day recognizes the sacrifices and contributions of those who risk their lives to give others help and hope. It is also about inspiring the spirit of aid work in everyone. Find out how you can join forces with United Nations and aid organizations worldwide and take action.
Updated: 19:07, Thursday, 18 August 2011
Irish aid agencies working to help famine victims in Somalia say the response to their appeals for financial help has been 'remarkable'.
By Martin Murphy
Epoch Times Staff
"Over 12 million people are facing famine because of severe shortages of food and water in large parts of east Africa as the region is experiencing the worst drought for around 60 years. Fortunately, the suffering of the people of the Horn of Africa has not gone unnoticed in Ireland. Despite recent calls that charity begins and supposedly ends at home, the people of Ireland have once again shown tremendous generosity in the face of human suffering," said Hans Zomer, Director of Dochas.
The European Charter for Health Equity reaffirms the commitment to the values of wellbeing, solidarity, social justice, promotion of fundamental human rights and gender equity. Furthermore, it reaffirms the commitment to the principle enunciated in the constitution of the WHO that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.