While most of the Americans around me were on their way home from a Thanksgiving with family, I sat at the Minneapolis airport packed with my laptop and a carry on, on my way to Ghana.
The timing for the trip could not be more serendipitous. In the United States the holiday season is in full-swing, which means you can’t turn the corner without some kind of ad trying to connect the importance of family to the necessity of consumerism. I’m saying goodbye to my own family, with my daughter just a year old, to see first hand the struggles of mothers half a world away. My heart broke as I said goodbye to them and will likely break as I say hello to the mothers and children I’ll soon meet.
But more concretely, the trip comes at a time when the United States has chosen to spend money on drone aircraft strikes in lieu of mosquito netting. One costs billions, the other a handful of dollars. One blindly takes lives while the other gives them. I’ll leave it to you readers and Care2.com communities to determine which is which.
That’s not to say that hope is lost. The Care2.com community is uniquely positioned to help the mission of The Global Fund. I’ll be blogging from Ghana, sharing my experiences and the message of those on the front-lines of public health missions being served in Ghana. So please check back for updates and ways you can help serve the mission of The Global Fund.
Care2 blogger Jessica Pieklo is reporting from Ghana as a guest of The Global Fund to help bring attention to efforts to eradicate malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
Photo from plant_trees via flickr.