In Recognition of
World Tuberculosis Day
After touring impoverished, underdeveloped, and underprivileged parts of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt learned that tuberculosis often said more about the socioeconomic conditions of a community than a race's susceptibility to disease. Perhaps she helped to disseminate some of these prejudices during her journey...
"They have Indians [Native Americans] coming from all over the United States [to a health clinic] and when I asked if this disease was particularly prevalent among the people of the Indian race, he said: it is a disease in which the economic situation is the prevalent factor and the only reason that the Indians may have a greater percentage of t.b. is that their economic condition is often bad...'' Eleanor Roosevelt, "My Day," January 23, 1948.
"This is not something that doctors can do alone. You and I must be aware of the need and, through voluntary agencies, must do as good a job on diseases of the heart as has been done by those agencies which have almost stamped out tuberculosis and those which are working year in and year out on infantile paralysis." Eleanor Roosevelt, "My Day," January 23, 1948.
But the fight against TB and other diseases must continue and everyone can and should do something for their communities. What you do is your choice. There's legiterally a zillion things. Just get creative & pick SOMETHING.
6 ER Quotes
To Get You Moving
On World TB Day 2016
"If a whole community does not live under sanitary conditions, no one in the community is entirely safe," Eleanor Roosevelt, "My Day," December 4, 1944, justification for public health initiatives
"Without health no nation can successfully defend itself against the aggression of other nations, either in the military or the economic filed," Eleanor Roosevelt, September 1945.
"What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making," Eleanor Roosevelt, Circa 1963, Tomorrow is Now.
"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes," Eleanor Roosevelt, Circa 1960, You Learn by Living
"Nothing should be done to make children feel themselves objects of charity," Eleanor Roosevelt, December 20, 1938, New York Times