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Health as a Bridge for Peace is a multidimensional policy and planning framework which supports health workers in delivering health programmes in conflict and post conflict situations and at the same time contributes to peace building. It is defined as the integration of peace building concerns, concepts, principles, strategies and practices into health relief and health sector development.
The Health as a Bridge for Peace concept is rooted in values derived from human rights and humanitarian principles as well as medical ethics. It is supported by the conviction that it is imperative to adopt peace building strategies to ensure lasting health gains in the context of social instability and complex emergencies.
Since ancient times, humans have assigned healing and transformational properties to water. In early Rome, baths were an important part of cultural life, a place where citizens went to find relaxation and to connect with others in a calming setting. In ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal wisdom, and traditional Chinese medicine, the water element is crucial to balancing the body and creating physical harmony. Rivers have long been seen as sacred places, and in a number of different spiritual contexts, water has symbolized rebirth, spiritual cleansing and salvation.
Today, we still turn to water for a sense of calm and clarity. We spend our vacations on the beach or at the lake; get exercise and enjoyment from water sports like surfing, scuba diving, sailing, and swimming; refresh ourselves with long showers and soothing baths, and often build our lives and homes around being near the water.
Our affinity for water is even reflected in the near-universal attraction to the color blue. We’re naturally drawn to aquatic hues, the color blue is overwhelming chosen as the favorite color of people around the world, and marketing research has found that people tend to associate it with qualities like calm, openness, depth and wisdom.
There are very few people who don’t enjoy the benefits of going for a walk by the sea or looking out at the ocean from a sandy beach. Now, some new research suggests there is a reason for our age old affinity with the ocean.
“The sound around us, from an auditory perspective, is simplified. It’s not quiet, but the sound of water is far more simple than the sound of voices or the sound of music or the sound of a city.”

Until tomorrow: You know you’ve made the right decision when there is peace in your heart.

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Dorothy Prats

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