World Health Day 2020: Health and Humanity

April 11, 2020

It’s been a time of pause for Potatoes for Peace, not by design, but circumstance. Earlier in the year our Potato friends left Potato HQ in London and travelled to Asia, having some downtime and enjoying Chinese New Year in Malaysia, with new friend Mei Ang potato. In Chinese philosophy, Chinese New Year represents new beginnings, ‘out with the old and in with the new’. However, no one would have anticipated the arrival of, and ensuing devastation caused by the COVID 19 virus.

Potatoes for Peace, like many people and organisations, have been taken aback with the trajectory and spread of the virus throughout the globe and the unfolding public health pandemic. However, alongside this, there has been increasing solidarity and collaboration with professionals involved in the pandemic, sharing expertise across borders, faiths and languages.

The arrival of COVID 19, also, has forced people to look at their personal hygiene, such as handwashing and the importance of our individual health. It has also required us to think about each other (and our fellow potato people) and to ask ourselves ‘how can we keep each other safe?’

As far as Potatoes for Peace is concerned, health and peace are inextricably interlinked; they are impossible to separate.  This is especially true when certain communities are being unfairly scapegoated. COVID 19 does not discriminate– and neither should we; the virus can infect people regardless of ethnicity, faith, nationality and status.

So, perhaps now more so than ever given this colossal public health challenge, we need to demonstrate empathy and compassion, human qualities which can often get ignored or side-lined even at the best of times.

On World Health Day, Potatoes for Peace would like to wholeheartedly applaud all those healthcare workers across the world, working tirelessly in helping those affected by COVID 19. We also hope that the public health messages which are being communicated are taken on board vehemently to preserve as many lives as possible.

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