This is a post from Canadian member John Dowe, reflecting on his coming to terms with the mefloquine scandal over the last 12 months. John has been instrumental in establishing the International Mefloquine Veteran’s Alliance, in addition to his efforts in Canada. We thank him for this contribution!
We welcome your contributions. Whether you’re a veteran, a family member, a friend or merely a concerned citizen, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have something to say. Meanwhile, here’s John …
For most of my newer social media followers, this journey to expose the unethical drug trials on our soldiers, Peace Corps and civilian travelers plus the fresh insight into a tragic event involving former Canadian Airborne Regiment troops in Somalia began just over a year ago.
The information/insight I’ve gained of this ongoing public health issue plus the damage inflicted upon all the unknowing caregivers of victims of mefloquine has shown a great need of awareness, education and reform.
We wince at denial of justice; we hurt when others hurt; we are a nation of people steeped in doing the right thing; we regard duty, care, and the uplifting and security of everyone to ensure prosperity and safe harbor for all.
I can’t walk past a wrong. Can you?
In my efforts to research the medical evidence, contact the experts, align efforts, and post relevant material I have not been able to express or write about how this went down-the behind the scenes stuff. My words.
There were many recent posts, documents, articles, and websites to provide the citations I required to lend to the gravitas of my evolving discoveries. Now through a successful global team and Social Media campaign with growing online profiles on Facebook, Twitter etc, our efforts are taking off!