Join­ing forces to save lives

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The Mak­ing a Dif­fer­ence fea­ture this week (‘Life be­gins here’, Au­gust 30) was a per­fect ex­am­ple of how two di­a­met­ri­cally op­po­site schools of thought – cap­i­tal­ism and so­cial­ism – can come to­gether for the greater good of so­ci­ety.

By us­ing Coca-Cola’s ex­ten­sive dis­tri­bu­tion net­work in the re­mote ar­eas of Africa to dis­trib­ute life­sav­ing medicines, one man has proved that a strong will and be­lief in a cause goes a long way. The ‘Life be­gins here’ fea­ture was en­light­en­ing. Si­mon Berry’s idea of cre­at­ing a sim­ple life-sav­ing kit that fits snugly into a Coca-Cola crate and can be trans­ported to the re­motest of ar­eas in Zam­bia proves that if we have the de­sire to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to the world we live in, then all we have to do is stop com­plain­ing about lack of in­sti­tu­tional or govern­ment sup­port and think of ways we, the com­mon peo­ple, can stim­u­late change.

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