In the past few years, health professional students across East Africa have become increasingly involved in health and human rights advocacy, coming together with peers and future colleagues, professors and the human rights community to demand policy and programming that protects and promotes the right to health.
Recently we sent out an urgent action alert about Zimbabwe human rights and civil leaders who have been jailed and tortured since their unlawful arrest in December 2008. More than 500 of you responded by emailing Professor Welshman Ncube, Chairman of the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (JOMIC) and the director of the Zimbabwe Prison Service, and urging their release.
Public remorse from the distraught driver of the truck that ran into the Tsvangirais leads some to believe the crash was an accident. The Movement for Democratic Change continues to insist on a full and impartial investigation.
Just take a look at Zimbabwe, which until recently was one of Africa's leading agricultural producers. In fact agriculture contributed to 45% of Zimbabwe's export earnings and provided livelihood to more than 70% of the population. Tragically, more than seven million Zimbabweans today rely on food assistance, according to the UN World Food Program.
Zimbabwe's economy is in ruins. Disease runs rampant. The public health system has collapsed.