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Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 10th Prime Minister Of India
Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organisation.
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

The norms and values embedded in the Millennium Declaration and international human rights instruments must continue to provide the foundation for engagement, in particular the key human rights principles of non-discrimination, meaningful participation and accountability.
Barack Obama
In the 21st century, disease flows freely across borders and oceans, and, in recent days, the 2009 H1N1 virus has reminded us of the urgent need for action. We cannot wall ourselves off from the world and hope for the best, nor ignore the public health challenges beyond our borders. An outbreak in Indonesia can reach Indiana within days, and public health crises abroad can cause widespread suffering, conflict, and economic contraction The world is interconnected, and that demands an integrated approach to global health.
Bill Clinton
And we invest in global health as a clear and direct expression of our compassion. Millions die every year simply because they lack access to very simple interventions, like bed nets, or vitamin-fortified food, or oral rehydration therapy. As a nation and a people, we cannot, we must not, accept those senseless deaths.
Bishop Desmond Tutu
I would have hoped ... that we would invoke the same spirit, the same passion, the same commitment to fight this [HIV] pandemic as we had when we were fighting against the scourge of apartheid.
Cairo Conference Platform For Action 1994
The prevalence among women of poverty and economic dependence, their experience of violence, negative attitudes towards women and girls, racial and other forms of discrimination, the limited power many women have over their sexual and reproductive lives and lack of influence in decision-making are social realities which have an adverse impact on their health.
David Patient, HIV/AIDS Activist And Educator
In any holocaust, war, plague or pandemic, there were always one or two people who lived to tell the story ­and why couldn’t one of those people be me? Somebody had to stay alive to tell the story for all those who had died with their song still in them, unsung.
Dr. Lee Jong-wook, Former WHO Secretary-General
Our message today is one of hope. It is about potential waiting to be fulfilled: the surest way to meet the global challenges we face now and in the future is to make every mother and child count
Gro Brundtland - International Leader In Sustainable Development And Public Health
You cannot tackle hunger, disease, and poverty unless you can also provide people with a healthy ecosystem in which their economies can grow. 

There can be no real growth without healthy populations. No sustainable development without tackling disease and malnutrition. No international security without assisting crisis-ridden countries. And no hope for the spread of freedom, democracy and human dignity unless we treat health as a basic human right.
Irene Khan, Former Secretary-General Of Amnesty International
Poverty is not only about income poverty, it is about the deprivation of economic and social rights, insecurity, discrimination, exclusion and powerlessness. That is why human rights must not be ignored but given even greater prominence in times of economic crisis.
Jacob Zuma - President Of South Africa
Let me emphasize that our position is that nutrition is not a substitute for appropriate treatment, but prolongs good health and serves as a solid foundation that determines the success of other medical interventions.
Kathleen Sebelius - 21st United States Secretary Of Health And Human Services
The biggest change we can make isn’t how we provide health care - its when. Right now, we have a sick car system, and we need to invest in a health care system.
Kofi Annan - 7th Secretary-General Of The United Nations
World Health Day is an opportunity to highlight the problem, but above all, to stimulate action. It is an occasion to call on all partners -- governments, international donors, civil society, the private sector, the media, families and individuals alike -- to develop sustainable activities for the survival, health and well-being of mothers and children. On this World Health Day, let us rededicate ourselves to that mission.
Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary-General
We shall not finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, or any of the other infectious diseases that plague the developing world until we have also won the battle for safe drinking-water, sanitation and basic health care
Martin Luther King Jr.
Of all of the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane.
Mary Robinson
In a society where the rights and potential of women are constrained, no man can be truly free. He may have power, but he will not have freedom.
Mary Robinson, Irish Politician And Global Human Rights Advocate
A culture is not an abstract thing. It is a living, evolving process. The aim is to push beyond standard-setting and asserting human rights to make those standards a living reality for people everywhere.
Michael W. Hawkins, American Red Cross
Each of us as human beings has a responsibility to reach out to help our brothers and sisters affected by disasters. One day it may be us or our loved ones needing someone to reach out and help.
Nelson Mandela
The more we lack the courage and the will to act, the more we condemn to death our brothers and sisters, our children and our grandchildren. When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of a global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?