Honoring the Reverend Desmond Tutu
By Cesar Chelala
December 30, 202:
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---The death of
Desmond Tutu has been a tragic loss to human
rights, justice and development in Africa.
Many words will be said in his honor.
However, the best way to honor his memory is
for leaders of industrialized countries to
provide increased public health and
socio-economic support to the African people
to whom Desmond Tutu devoted his life and
Today the coronavirus pandemic has
resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths
in Africa that could have been avoided.
Having sufficient vaccines available to all
will help curtail the coronavirus pandemic
in Africa. And, by stalling the development
of new mutations, in the rest of the world.
Health problems in Africa still require
considerable technical and financial
Improving the infrastructure of health
systems in most African countries will be
critical to address long-term health crises
in addition to the current pandemic.
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Increasing access to primary health care,
including vaccinations, should also be
paired with strengthening civil society and
community-based organizations and providing
access to education for all. This will
require a commitment from the international
community, the collaboration of health
workers worldwide and the leadership of
African churches and organizations.
Aid to Africa should be aimed at
strengthening civil society and
community-based organizations. African
governments need help to provide education
for all age levels, and they need better
trade conditions for their products. They
need financial assistance given in a
carefully planned and responsible way.
Writer Paul Theroux, who has traveled
extensively in several African countries
wrote, “I would not send private money to a
charity, or foreign aid to a government
unless every dollar was accounted for.
Dumping more money in the same old way is
not only wasteful but stupid and harmful.”
To be effective aid must bypass corrupt
governments and find ways of helping people
in more direct ways. It is a measure of the
humanity of industrialized nations to
provide public health resources and support
at this critical moment.
Desmond Tutu has said, “Africans believe
in something that is difficult to render in
English. We call it ubuntu, botho. It means
the essence of being human. You know when it
is there and when it is absent. It speaks
about humaneness, gentleness, hospitality,
putting yourself out on behalf of others,
being vulnerable. It embraces compassion and
toughness. It recognizes that my humanity is
bound up in yours, for we can only be human