ADN’s First Birthday
By: Dr Nibedita S. Ray-Bennett
The Sun Will Never Set on the ADN’s First Birthday: Tomorrow we will be celebrating the ADN’s first birthday. The ADN was launched on 12 March 2019 at the 4th Summit of GADRI in Kyoto, Japan. Within a year ADN has grown with 12 advisory board members, 56 affiliates, 18 volunteers/interns, 28 organisational partners, and 17 regional coordinators across the globe. The ADN is truly global and therefore, we will celebrate her birthday globally. Please do celebrate with us wherever you are and whatever you are doing on that day and send us your pictures. On the ADN’s birthday, the sun will never set. We will streamline pictures of the ADN’s birthday for 24 hours, starting from Australia. To see these pictures, please visit our Photo Gallery.
On the occasion of the ADN’s birthday, we must take a moment to remember the loved ones lost from the COVID-19. We must remember and appreciate the tremendous contributions and sacrifices of the responders who are on the frontline working tirelessly to keep individuals, communities and hospitals safe and sound from the COVID-19. We must also remember the brave Chinese Doctor, Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist at the Wuhan Central Hospital, who tried to warn fellow medics about coronavirus. Instead, he was reprimanded by security police and forced to sign a letter that accused him of ‘making false comments’. Doctor Li contracted COVID-19 and died on 30 January 2020. Democracy, just and safety culture, and transparency (among other things) are cornerstones to save lives and celebrate lives. In brief, we must not forget to learn lessons from these historic blunders and inactions. We must believe in the transformative potential of remembering the loved ones that we have lost. In Virgil’s words: “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”.