I do try very hard to be calm and unemotional when I’m asked questions particularly about ColaLife. I try to understand the question and questioner and answer in a straight forward way. It’s difficult to judge how successful I am at this myself but I do think I’m getting better with age!
However, there is one question that makes me very angry every time no matter how hard I try to be unemotional – it’s difficult to hide the fact that steam is coming out of your ears. Occasionally people to say, or intimate, that because 1 in 5 children die before the age of 5 in developing countries, and this has been the case for decades, that parents are somehow used to it and it doesn’t affect them in the same way that it would affect you and me.
Anyway, I think I have found the solution to this problem. In future when this happens I am not going to say anything. I’m just going to get my laptop out and play this video published by Save the Children. I’ve even downloaded it so I can do this offline and it’s on my phone too:
This video says it all really (or most of it). If Agnes had been given a diarrhoea treatment kit when she had her lovely daughter and had been told how to use it, she would have known what to do when her niece got diarrhoea and would have had oral rehydration salts to do it. She could even have given her niece the Zinc tablets in the kit to increase her resistance to future episodes.
Put the video on your phone too. >> Right-click to download (MP4, 7.9MB).