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World leaders must become ‘Health Heroes’

14
SEP
2010

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Action for Global Health (AfGH) is calling on European policy makers to become ‘Health Heroes’ by rescuing the MDGS on child mortality, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases.

AfGH, a broad European network of health and development agencies, including the Alliance, has launched Health Heroes because the three health related MDGs are among the most off-track.

It’s time for European and world leaders to deliver. If the MDGs are to be saved for 2015, European and world leaders need to fulfil their commitments and become health heroes.

The facts are frightening: every three seconds a child dies from causes that are largely preventable; every minute a woman dies as a result of pregnancy or childbirth related complications; over five million people will die from an AIDS related illness, TB or malaria this year alone.

Alliance Health Hero

Rani, who works for Alliance linking organisation in Indonesia, Rumah Cemara, features in the Health Hero Hall of Fame.

Rani is 32 years old and lives in Bandung, one of Indonesia's largest cities. She has fought addiction to heroin and been clean since 2004, but her drug habit has left her HIV positive.

After hitting "rock bottom", Rani slowly started to put her life back together, entering Rumah Cemara rehab centre. "It was only there that I realised I could live my life normally," she says.

Read Rani’s story in full.

    Rani is living with HIV, but she's living life on her own terms