In Hindi, Ahimsa means respect for life.
“Ahimsa is a bridge between cultures, an attitude that teaches us to have the same respect
for someone else’s culture as we have for our own.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
Because globalization is changing the geopolitical landscape, our vocabulary has to change as well. No longer are there wealthy countries and poor countries; today, there are wealthy people and poor people in every country around the world. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is getting wider. We must bridge this gap. Convinced that health is an important factor in the development of communities, Ahimsa Partners has chosen to draw on the 30 years of experience of its founder to become one of the key players in public health diplomacy.
The number of stakeholders is larger than before, and no longer do diplomats just talk to other diplomats. They need to interact with the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, foundations, civil society, scientists, political systems and the media.
In today’s world, health issues transcend national borders and require global action.”
Diplomacy is frequently referred to as the art of conducting negotiations, the art of dialogue, the art of finding solutions. In today’s world, health issues transcend national borders and require global action. The broad political, social and economic implications of health issues have brought more diplomats into the health arena and more public health experts into the world of diplomacy.
It is for these reasons that Ahimsa Partners has chosen to use health diplomacy as a tool to contribute to making good health ‘contagious’ and accessible to all in the world.
As Socrates once said, “Impart to others that virtue which they have themselves”.