7 (Thu) April 2016
at Chung Ki Wa
with RK and JL
April 7 — the day on which WHO was founded in 1948 — is World Health Day, every year highlighting a different theme.
This year, the theme is Together on the Front Lines Against Diabetes.
The theme last year was food safety.
While the theme two years ago was vector-borne diseases, we did by coincidence convene the Consultation on Overweight, Obesity, Diabetes & Law just two days later (see generally 5.094 Not What I’d Ordered) (the event that had brought me into the Organization).
The overall campaign, which featured country-level activities, as well as our celebration at the Regional Office, had been orchestrated by the NCD unit.
At the end of the day, I bought dinner for RK and JL at Chung Ki Wa (see most recently 6.322 Godeung-Eo Gui).
A few minutes into the meal, I was suddenly struck by the apparent impropriety, irony, and hypocrisy of us — health professionals, specializing in the prevention of noncommunicable disease, technical officers at the planet’s leading health agency, having developed then launched a campaign against diabetes — RK, de facto leader of the organizing team; JL, who’d helped to design the communications; and I, who’d helped to draft the Call to Action — now congratulating ourselves for the achievement, on the occasion of the year’s biggest health event — gorging on perhaps the most energy-dense, nutrient-poor dishes in Korean cuisine. Just goes to show how easy it is to break bad.
RK informed us that the team had eaten Burger King for lunch — the indiscretionary nature of which hadn’t occurred to him at the time, right smack in the midst of World Health Day.