The date of World Humanitarian Day was chosen by the United Nations General Assembly in reference to the bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq, on 19 August 2003. This day is an opportunity to pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the course of their humanitarian work, and to celebrate the spirit of humanitarian work around the world. The Rural Health Promotion and Development Initiative Association joins the world in honoring those who face danger and adversity to help others.
This is the statement of Dr. Joseph Bigirimana, Legal Representative of the Association Initiative for Rural Health Promotion and Development (Iprosarude).
“Today, on World Humanitarian Day, we pay tribute to all the workers who generously dedicate their lives to meeting the needs of others by providing health care, food, water and shelter to those who need it most.
“The courage of these dedicated volunteers and professionals inspires us as they brave armed conflict, violence and natural disasters to offer relief and hope to the world’s most vulnerable. Sadly, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has more than tripled in the past decade, and the United Nations estimates that more than 300 million people worldwide will need humanitarian assistance this year alone.
“This year’s World Humanitarian Day theme – #ItTakesAllVillage – reminds us that we all have a role to play in helping those in need. For more than 10 years IPROSARUDE has supported people in rural areas to access quality health care and promote resilient communities. And we remain ready to offer our assistance, especially to women and girls, who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic and other forms of vulnerability.
IPROSARUDE gratefully acknowledges all its partners who support its interventions. Feel proud to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Long live World Humanitarian Day for us.