Headline, September 03 2021/ HONOURS : ''' '' DR. GINO STRADA - 1948 - 2021 '' '''



- 1948 - 2021 '' '''

DR GINO STRADA BEGAN WORKING WITH the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1988 - serving people in Pakistan, Ethiopia, Thailand, Afghanistan, Peru, Djibouti, Somalia and Bosnia. That experience laid the groundwork for Emergency.

Since its founding, Emergency has worked in 19 countries, including Rwanda, Iraq and Yemen. It is now active in eight countries, including Afghanistan.

Anyone requiring treatment is admitted to Emergency's well-equipped hospitals, which are staffed by local residents and an international team.

''We never ask, are you Arab or Kurdish or Shiite or Sunni, we just look after immediate needs,'' Dr. Strada said about Emergency's work in Iraq in a 2004 interview with The International Herald Tribune.

''Health care is a human right'' became the organization's tenet. A 2012 article in The New York Times Magazine examined the suffering of people in the Afghan war by tracking patients in Emergency's hospitals and clinics. ''A patient is a patient. This is our rule,'' an Emergency Afghan nurse was quoted as saying.

Through Emergency's hospitals and centers, Dr. Strada received a direct view of the devastating effects of war and its legacy of destruction, poverty and unexploded land mines.

He was an outspoken antiwar activist, and his first hand accounts from the frontlines often challenged the official narrative.

''There isn't a war where 90 percent of the casualties aren't civilians,'' he said in a 2004 interview.

Emergency promoted a campaign that led to ban on the production of an antipersonnel land mines in Italy. It protested Italian military involvement in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is the driving force behind the African Network of Medical excellence, whose aim is to strengthen free high-quality health systems in Africa.

LAST YEAR, Emergency joined the ''People's Vaccine'' campaign, an assembly of health and humanitarian associations and individuals lobbying to ensure that free Covid19 vaccines are made available to all.

On the day he died, as Taliban forces advanced in Afghanistan, the Turin daily La Stampa published a front-page opinion article by Dr. Strada, who had lived in the country off and on for seven years.

''We said 20 years ago that this war would be a disaster for everyone,'' he wrote. ''Today, the outcome of that aggression is under our eyes : a failure from every point of view. More than 241,000 victims and five million displaced.''

Afghanistan, he wrote, is ''a destroyed country, and those who can and will try to escape and endure hell to arrive in Europe,'' while only arms manufacturers have benefitted from the war.

David Lloyd Webber, an Emergency spokesman in Britain, said on Wednesday that Emergency's Surgical Center for War victims in Kabul had been ''extraordinarily busy over the last few days.

Emergency was conceived by Dr. Strada, his wife, and friends and colleagues around the couple's kitchen table in Milan in late 1993. The organization's first project was begun the next year, in Rwanda.

Other projects followed, including a pediatric ward in the Central African Republic, a war surgery program in the besieged city of Misrata, Libya, and two Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone. Emergency also set up maternity centers, clinics and first aid-posts.

In addition, it has projects in Italy to help people on the margins, often immigrants, and it established a campaign called ''Nobody Left Behind'' to aid Italians who had lost jobs or businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The organization raised 48.6 millions Euros, or $56.7 million, in 2020, mostly from individual donors, though in recent years funding from institutions and foundations has increased.

In 2015, Dr. Strada won the Right Livelihood Award, an international honor given by a Swedish foundation, ''for his great humanity and skill in providing outstanding medical and surgical services to the victims of conflict and injustice, while fearlessly addressing the causes of war.''

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Strada called contemporary war ''a persistent form of terrorism against civilian populations'' in which people are maimed by bullets, shrapnel, antipersonnel mines and so-called toy mines.

''Treating the wounds is neither generous nor merciful. It is only just,'' he said. ''It has to be done.''

Dr. Strada wrote or co-wrote three books : ''Pappagalli Verdi'' [''Green Parrots, 1999, which explored his early experiences working as a surgeon in war zones; ''Bushkashi : Viaggio Dentro Ia Guerra'' [Bukashi : A Trip Inside War,'' 2002, about Emergency's efforts to reach Afghanistan after the war broke out; and ''Zona Rossa'' [''Red Zone,'' 2015], which dealt with Ebola outbreak.

Ms. Strada learned of her father's death while aboard the ResQ-People Saving People ship. In her announcement of the death on Twitter, she wrote that she could not respond to the many messages she was receiving because she and the crew were saving lives [84 migrants were recovered from the sea on that day].

'' It's what he and my mother taught me,'' she said.

! To his most respectful memory !: Dr. Gino Strada truly and sincerely and without any blemish brought medicine to the front lines in the service of the entire humanity. May Almighty God bless him and grant him a place in heavens.

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