Remembering Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh On World Humanitarian Day
Dr. Ameyoh Adadevoh would have been 63 today. But she's not here with us because of her heroic act of saving Nigeria from the ebola virus five years ago.
August 19th is celebrated as World Humanitarian Day. And this year marks the fifth year from the day the heroic Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh lost her life. She died after saving Nigeria from the Ebola epidemic. Her relative, Kwami Adadevoh took to Twitter to remember the doctor whose humanitarian act prevented the spread of Ebola in Nigeria.
Sharing a photo of her, he wrote: “Five years gone, not forgotten on any day. Continue to Rest In Peace.”
To mark World Humanitarian Day, a number of Twitter users took advantage of the opportunity to honour Dr. Adadevoh as a humanitarian on her death anniversary.
“She died for us,” @DrUdomoh tweeted.
See some tributes below
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently," the late Maya Angelou once said. She was right too, it takes courage to change the world and alter the course of history. This was exactly what Dr. Adadevoh did, when she stopped Patrick Sawyerr from being discharged from her hospital.
It has been five years, and for many people, the news of Ebola crossing into Nigeria's borders has retired to the backyard of memory. But history urges us to remember the past, for it is the road to tomorrow. History also urges us to remember our heroes who laid down their lives and happiness for mankind's future. There is also no better time to remember our humanitarians than on World Humanitarian Day.
In the wake of Nigerian doctors leaving the country in droves in search of opportunities abroad, we must remember and honour the memory of Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh. In the midst of a dwindling health sector, fraught with many challenges, we must remember the sacrifice of this heroine. That we may truly remember, let's teach our children how to make sacrifices for the greater good of mankind. Let's teach them to be strong and courageous in the face of challenges. Let us show them how to always do what is right, no matter the cost. We've outlined some tips to help you below.
5 Ways To Raise A Humanitarian
1. Start Early & Start Small
It's never too early to start helping others. Kids may not understand (or be interested in!) politics and world issues, but they do understand things like bullying, people in need, and the difference between right and wrong. Even in small ways, kids can practice kindness through their actions like by helping an elderly neighbor carry in groceries or inviting all the kids in their class to a birthday party. Humanitarianism is a lifelong habit and can start with the smallest acts.
2. Make It Fun
Look for ways to connect with those in need through activities your kids already love. If they enjoy sports, maybe they could volunteer with a charity game organized by an NGO. If your child loves to read, find programmes that pair readers with sick children. Helping others doesn't have to be "work". It can be fun and a natural extension of things your kids love to do already.
3. Engage the Tough Questions
A humanitarian is someone who doesn't accept the status quo at face value and asks questions. Kids ask a lot of questions, so it's good to embrace their natural curiosity. Sure, there will be issues you don’t want to get into specifics about. But whenever you can, try to validate their interest, not deflect it. Kids hear all sorts of things from friends and at school. If they ask about something you don’t know, look it up with them and research it together. You might learn something new yourself!
4. Keep It Active
When doing humanitarian activities, look for ways to keep your kid actively engaged in the process. If you’re shopping for a trip to the orphanage, have them pick out which items to donate to the kids. It may be a little more work for you, but keeping your child actively engaged in the process will empower them to start thinking like a humanitarian on their own.
5. Lead By Example
Your kids look to you as a role model. That’s a lot of pressure, especially when you’re feeling stressed and frustrated. But nothing is more important for a child than seeing you show kindness and compassion in your everyday interactions. Raising a humanitarian means being one yourself – you are the most powerful influence on your kids’ lives!