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Who Started . . .

W H O ?

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Corona Virus:  COVID-19 Pandemic

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Save the Dates:  16 - 18 October

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The World Health Organization looks forward to co-organizing this year’s World Health Summit (WHS), 16-18 October in Berlin, Germany.

The 2022 World Health Summit aims to  stimulate innovative approaches to health challenges worldwide; reaffirm the position of global health as a key political issue, foster health and well-being of all, and strengthen the international exchange of information.

The WHS 2022 will create synergies and combine forces by engaging all relevant global health leaders and stakeholders from all sectors in all regions of the world.

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Global Health Emergency Concern

". . . the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency

of international concern."

Quote, WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus 

23 JULY 2022

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See Also:  CDC Monkeypox

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"Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening. This week I had the privilege of travelling to Brussels for the launch of the European Union’s Global Health Strategy.

The EU is a key partner for WHO, and has played a leading role in global health. It was a driving force behind the creation of the ACT Accelerator, and has been one of the largest funders of COVAX.

The European Union’s new global health strategy is closely aligned with WHO’s priorities, and will help to tackle many of the most pressing challenges in global health, from addressing the root causes of disease, to supporting countries on the road to universal health coverage, to making our world safer, and the final eradication of polio.

I was also very grateful to sign an agreement with Commissioner Urplilainen for a contribution from the European Union of 125 million euros to support WHO’s UHC Partnership, which is supporting 115 countries to progress towards universal health coverage.

My deep thanks to the European Union, its Member States, and the people of Europe.

This support comes at a critical time.

Our world is facing a deadly combination of war, starvation and disease.

Yesterday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA] launched its Global Humanitarian Overview for 2023, appealing for US$51.5 billion to meet humanitarian needs around the world next year – an unprecedented amount to meet unprecedented needs.

A record 339 million people will require humanitarian aid in 2023 – one in every 23 people on the planet.

Humanitarian crises affect people in all aspects of their lives, including reducing their access to health care, often at the exact time when they need it most. 

Those fleeing conflict or drought, or living in poverty and facing hunger, are also those whose health is the most threatened.

In humanitarian crises, health interventions like immunization, disease surveillance and the treatment of malnourished children can be the difference between life and death.

Last Saturday marked one year since WHO announced a new variant of concern in the COVID-19 pandemic: the Omicron variant.

Omicron has proved to be significantly more transmissible than its predecessor, Delta, and continues to cause significant mortality due to the intensity of transmission

The number of weekly deaths reported to WHO has declined slightly over the past five weeks, but more than 8,500 people lost their lives last week – which is not acceptable three years into the pandemic, when we have so many tools to prevent infections and save lives. 

Since the emergence of Omicron, the virus has continued to evolveToday, there are over 500 sublineages of Omicron circulating. They are all highly transmissible; they replicate in the upper respiratory tract and tend to cause less severe disease than previous variants of concern; and they all have mutations that enable them to escape built-up immunity more easily.

WHO estimates that at least 90% of the world’s population now has some level of immunity to SARS-CoV-2, due to prior infection or vaccination.

We are much closer to being able to say that the emergency phase of the pandemic is over – but we’re not there yet.

Gaps in surveillance, testing, sequencing and vaccination are continuing to create the perfect conditions for a new variant of concern to emerge that could cause significant mortality.

WHO continues to urge all countries to take a risk-based approach that protects both public health and human rights

Earlier this week, WHO announced that we will begin using “mpox” as a synonym for monkeypox. Both names will be used for one year while the name “monkeypox” is phased out.

Meanwhile, the global mpox outbreak continues to decline, with 620 cases reported last week – more than 90% less than the peak in August. Most cases are being reported from Latin America.

Finally, yesterday was World AIDS Day – an opportunity to re-affirm and refocus on our shared commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

We have just 8 years left, and we’re not where we need to be.

The pandemic badly disrupted access to treatment and services for HIV in many countries, while in other areas like Tigray, conflict, displacement and other humanitarian emergencies are depriving people of access to the care they need.

While more than 28 million people are on life-saving antiretroviral therapy, new infections and deaths are not decreasing fast enough

And severe inequalities and inequities prevent people from getting the care they need. 

More than 650 000 people died of AIDS-related causes last year, and 1.5 million people were infected with HIV.

Nearly 6 million people who are living with HIV are not receiving treatment;

A further 4 million people have contracted HIV, but have not been diagnosed;

And nearly half of the children who need treatment cannot access it.

Key populations - men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, people who inject drugs or are in prison - continue to face many barriers to care.

With their partners, these populations make up 70% of all new infections globally. 

While transmission has declined in Africa, there has been no significant decline in HIV among men who have sex with men in Africa over the past 10 years.

The outbreak of mpox shows that infections can move quickly in sexual networks – but with community-led responses and open attitudes to address stigma, transmission can be prevented and lives can be saved.

So on World AIDS Day – and every day – WHO is calling on all countries to equalize the response to HIV. . . "

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Around the World . . .

" COVID-19:  A Global Crisis"

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May 2022: Update . . .

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Looking back as the world moves

forward with the . . .

Global COVID-19 Pandemic!


WHO declares the new coronavirus

outbreak a Public Health Emergency

of International Concern

January 30, 2020

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Opening remarks of the Secretary-General's appeal for global ceasefire - 23 March 2020

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. . . This is crucial . . . 

To help create corridors for life-saving aid. To open precious windows for diplomacy.  To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to COVID-19.  


Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowly taking shape among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to COVID-19.  But we need much more. 

End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world. 

It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere. Now. 

That is what our human family needs, now more than ever.  

Important Reminder on . . .

Human Rights and COVID-19

Response and Recovery

23 April 2020

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On the Frontlines of COVID-19 . . .

Let's All Support Global Health Workers

During this Global Health Emergency!


2021: Year of Health and Care Workers 


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Detained children at ‘grave risk’ of contracting COVID-19 – UNICEF chief 


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Children . . . Must not be forgotten!

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Q  U  E  S  T  I  O  N

Who Started . . .

W H O ?

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The World Health Organization (WHO; French: Organisation mondiale de la santé) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. It was established on 7 April 1948 headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group. Its predecessor, the Health Organization, was an agency of the League of Nations.

The constitution of the World Health Organization had been signed by 61 countries on 7 April 1948, with the first meeting of the World Health Assembly finishing on 24 July 1948. It incorporated the Office International d'Hygiène Publique and the League of Nations Health Organization. Since its creation, it has played a leading role in the eradication of smallpox. Its current priorities include communicable diseases, in particular HIV/AIDS, Ebola, malaria and tuberculosis; the mitigation of the effects of non-communicable diseases; sexual and reproductive health, development, and ageing; nutrition, food security and healthy eating; occupational health; substance abuse; and driving the development of reporting, publications, and networking.

The WHO is responsible for the World Health Report, the worldwide World Health Survey, and World Health Day. The Director-General of WHO is Tedros Adhanom who started his five-year term on 1 July 2017.[1]

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Dr. Tedros Re-elected to Lead the World Health Organization

The Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday [24 May 2022], re-elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to serve a second five-year term as Director-General of the world’s leading public health agency.


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World Health Assembly Special Session

The WHA normally meets each May. This special session (the second in the history of the WHO) was called for in a decision adopted by the Member States at the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly: Decision WHA74(16).

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71st World Health Assembly Delegates Agree to a

New Five-Year Strategic Plan

23 May 2018 - News Release - Geneva

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World Health Assembly delegates today agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. The Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030.

It sets three targets: to ensure that by 2023, 1 billion more people benefit from universal health coverage; 1 billion more people are better protected from health emergencies; and 1 billion more people enjoy better health and wellbeing. WHO estimates that achieving this “triple billion” target could save 29 million lives.

Speaking to the Health Assembly, Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told delegates that the new strategic plan was ambitious because "it must be".

Delegates noted that the Organization will need to make a number of strategic shifts in order to achieve these targets, notably to step up its public health leadership; focus on impact in countries; and ensure that people can access authoritative and strategic information on matters that affect people’s health. 

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WHO definition of Health

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.


The correct bibliographic citation for the definition is:


Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948.


The Definition has not been amended since 1948.

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