This month, our focus would be on the urgent need required to place emphasis on social human security. To most of our followers/readers and sponsors, you will recall that one of our cardinal advocacy programmes is to call on the Government of Liberia (GOL) to place additional emphasis on social human security through increase in budgetary allocations to health, education, food security, housing, basic social infrastructure like water, electricity, drainage and good roads.
The call for this shift in paradigm, even though prophetic, cannot be more needed than this moment in time and as the country grapples to put in place post Ebola recovery programmes following the unnecessary lost of lives, livelihoods and erosion of gains in efforts directed at peace consolidation and sustainability.
As you are aware, fifty-one countries formed the United Nations in 1945 following the myriad of documented and undocumented atrocities of the Second World War. One of the four goals of this august body was to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war. Our piece for this week is intended to provoke GOL into action.
Liberia, as one of the founding members of the United Nations, recognizes a universal “Responsibility to Protect” and has a duty, not only to ensure that much emphasis is placed on social human security, but has a primary responsibility to protect its own citizens, including taking preventive action through putting in place internal capacity to deal with humanitarian disasters. We need to advocate for disaster response plan to incorporate how quickly and thoroughly we as a nation respond to epidemic and natural disasters.
An adequate assessment of how well we were able to successfully combat Ebola is yet to be published but the reality on the ground as we implement post Ebola recovery programmes is grim. Over the coming months, we (the Liberian public – particularly youths) would like to have a synopsis from principal stakeholders (MSF, Save the Children, Amnesty International, GOL, Ebola Survival Network, UNMEER and others) in the Ebola control and prevention efforts.
These reports would help deal with the clarifications of values, address rumors and alleviate fears as well as anxiety among young people. The financial cost for curtailing this disease is high; however, the cost to social human security would continue to outpace everything else if nothing is done to improve our social systems. We have the opportunity to make these adjustments and this is the right time to invest more in social human security.
To ensure that we are totally free from Ebola, we need to take our place in history and put in place permanent systems; the kind of social systems that would not only enhance the development of our country but ones that would be able to withstand epidemic such as Ebola. We also need to educate our children through the stories and information we provide them with.
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Until next week, when we come to you with another article on: “Ebola Educates- The Right to Protect Public Health”, Peace First, Peace above all else, May Peace prevail on earth.