Sun Shine – A Ray of Hope, a non-governmental organization born on 05 April 2011, undertook its maiden assignment after two days of birth on 07 April 2011, on the occasion of World Health Day celebrated to mark the foundation of WHO.
Most of us live longer and healthier, partly because of powerful and effective medicines – known as anti-microbials, available to treat infectious diseases. Unfortunately, the use and misuse of anti-microbials in human medicine and animal husbandry in the last almost seven decades have increased the micro organisms resistance to these medicines, causing deaths, greater suffering, disability and higher health-care costs. The phenomenon if unchecked, many infectious diseases will become uncontrollable and could derail progress made towards reaching the health related United Nations Millennium Development Goals for 2015. Furthermore, the growth of global trade and travel allows resistant organisms to spread worldwide within hours. Anti-microbial resistance is not a new problem but one that is becoming more dangerous. Many countries are taking action, but urgent and consolidated efforts are needed to avoid regressing to the pre-antibiotic era.
With this as a backdrop, World Health Day was selected as the maiden project to issue a call to combat antimicrobial resistance by launch of two awareness rallies by youths. These two rallies comprising of 73 girls from colleges / universities and 55 NCC cadets marched between Shivaji Nagar (Agriculture University) and FC Road (Fergusson College) in Pune with banners to propagate the World Health Day 2011 slogan of WHO “Combat Drug Resistance - No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow”.