This century has observed an unprecedented scene of the flourishing world while it has witnessed an ever-growing socioeconomic disparity between the privileged and the unprivileged. In the developing countries, in particular, globalization has brought about sociocultural changes in their societies. Yet, they are so rapid compared to the period of time in which such societies had been matured that their traditional values and norms have been evidently harmed, as if they were eroded by the giant waves. Such relentless waves have shaken, swallowed, and often destroyed rural communities, as the foundation on which their life stands is extremely vulnerable like ecological system of threatened rainforests. Thus, the breakwaters need to be rehabilitated and/or reconstructed to relieve them from pains and poverty by improving their health and living conditions.
Being a social development wing of the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) with a General Consultative Status at the UN ECOSOC, AMDA-MINDS is determined to dedicate its capacity to help improve health and living conditions of the people who suffer from deprivation and social exclusion. Through implementing mid- and long-term community-based social development projects, AMDA-MINDS is particularly keen to further advance skills and fortify competence as a professional organization.
Focusing on the issues of poverty alleviation, it is important to promote self-help efforts that would make communities aware of their potentials and available resources to tap and effectively utilize them in order to create an enable environment where every family as the smallest life unit in the community can sustain and uplift today’s livelihood and materialize tomorrow’s hope.
The constitution of Japan says, ”We recognize that all peoples of the world have the right to live in peace, free from fear and want. – – – – -. We, the Japanese people, pledge our national honor to accomplish these high ideals and purposes with all our resources.” Placing these purposes as theoretical pillars of our existence and actions for international cooperation, AMDA-MINDS hereby declares its passion and commitment in the realm of poverty alleviation and mitigation of social unjust, one of the biggest challenges that people face in the today’s world.