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2024: The "Work of WHO"

Enters its

Year!

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The Vision: "The highest possible standard of health, for all people."

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Learning More About WHO

United Nations World  Health Organization

7 April 1948 - 7 April 2024 

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 World Health Organization building from the South-East

Geneva, Switzerland

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7 April 1948 - 7 April 2024 

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Following Quote Courtesy, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: 8th Director-General of WHO

"WHO’s own story began 75+ years ago, and it is still being written. The challenges we face today are very
different to those in 1948, but our vision
remains unchanged: the highest
possible standard of health, for all people. . . "

THE WORK CONTINUES!

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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

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THE GLOBAL FAMILY OF HUMANITY 
THANKS THE
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
TOGETHER WITH ALL OF ITS
DEDICATED HEALTH AND
CARE WORKERS . . .
INCLUDING GENEROUS WHO 
SUPPORTERS AROUND THE WORLD.

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GLOBAL

HEALTH

ISSUES

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Read Full Transcript [Opening Remarks] on the following web page:

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WHO Special Announcements

77th World Health Assembly

Save the Dates:  27 May to 01 June 2024

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WHO Listed Authorities (WLA)

A Framework for evaluating and publicly

designating regulatory authorities as

WHO Listed Authorities (WLA)

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Winners of the 5th Health for All Film Festival:

Announcement on 26 May 2024

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WHO World Results Report

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DIRE SITUATION IN GAZA:

"The Impact on Heath is

Catastrophic!"

 - Quote, WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros -

WHO Director-General’s closing remarks

at the Special Session of the

Executive Board on the health situation

in the occupied Palestinian territory

See Also:

WHO’s Executive Board adopts resolution

on access for life-saving

aid into Gaza and respect for laws of war

10 December 2023

Must See Video:

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 WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros:

The only solution the only hope is dialogue, understanding and peace.”

Must Read - 19 October 2023:

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"Like the rest of the world, all of us at WHO have been shocked, appalled and saddened by the conflict in Israel and Gaza.

 

The attacks by Hamas and other armed groups on the 7th of October that targeted Israeli civilians were horrific and unjustifiable.

At the same time, WHO is gravely concerned about the health and well-being of civilians in Gaza, who are suffering from bombardment and siege.

I also deplore the attacks on health care in both Gaza and Israel, which have led to deaths and injuries of health workers and patients on both sides.

Under international humanitarian law, all armed actors are obliged to actively protect health care. . . .

I wish to be clear that as a United Nations agency, WHO is politically impartial, and is committed to supporting the health and well-being of all Israelis and all Palestinians. . . . Bullets and bombs are not the solution to this situation. War will bring nothing but destruction and horror, and it will do nothing to make the region more secure – in fact, the opposite.

The only solution – the only hope – is dialogue, understanding and peace."

We need a corridor to provide medical services.”

 10 October 2023

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Speaking to reporters in Lyon, WHO Director-General Tedros

Ghebreyesus said he asked President El-Sisi of Egypt to

help transferring medical supplies through the

Rafah crossing in Gaza, adding

“we need a corridor to provide medical services.” 

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Click on below web link to view WHO Gaza 2023 / 2024

EMEGENCY SITUATION REPORTS: 

Power outages and shortages of medicines and health supplies in Gaza Strip hospitals are hindering the delivery of life-saving medical care. Attacks on health care have been recorded by WHO, resulting in deaths and injuries of health workers and affecting health facilities and ambulances. As the situation evolves, there is an urgent need to establish a humanitarian corridor for unimpeded, life-saving patient referrals and movement of humanitarian personnel and essential health supplies.

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DIRE SITUATION IN SUDAN

Update: Sudan conflict and refugee crisis,

Multi-country External Situation

Report #1 - 18 June 2024

Overview

This situation report is the first WHO report summarizing the multi-country health situation and WHO response across the regional emergency caused by the conflict in Sudan.

 

Since the start of the conflict in April 2023, 10 million have been displaced internally—the largest number in the world—and 2 million into neighbouring countries including Chad, South Sudan, Egypt, and the Central African Republic. There is frequent re-displacement as lines of control continue to shift between the parties involved in the conflict.  

 

In addition to direct health effects of the conflict such as trauma, there has been extensive damage and disruption to the health system in Sudan, with millions in the country lacking access to healthcare, further exacerbating the already fragile health of many already vulnerable people.  

 WHO Director-General Tedros:

"PEACE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION."

 20 April 2023

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URGENT HEALTH-HUMANITARIAN NEEDS

8 June 2023

UKRAINE

WHO Director-General

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

" . . . Ukraine, where the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam has caused widespread devastation and human suffering, leading to severe flooding, displacement of communities and significant infrastructure and environmental damage. 

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The impact on the region’s water supply, sanitation systems and public health services cannot be underestimated. 

WHO has rushed in to support the authorities and health care workers in preventive measures against waterborne diseases and to improve disease surveillance. 

Our team is in the field, continuously reviewing health needs to support those affected. 

 

In the coming days, WHO will deliver additional supplies to strengthen access to health services."

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HAITI

". . Haiti, where the humanitarian situation has been deteriorating. Recent torrential rain, flooding and earthquakes have added to a toxic mix of poverty, hunger, violence and disease. 

4.9 million people —almost half the population— are expected to face crisis levels of hunger this year

With armed gangs controlling large areas, insecurity in parts of the country have reached levels comparable to countries at war. 

Hundreds have been killed in the violence, and rape and other forms of sexual violence are rampant. 

Hunger and disease go hand-in-hand. The cholera outbreak, which began in October last year, continues to simmer, with more than 45 thousand cases and 700 deaths reported

Other diseases, such as TB, measles and polio, present an active risk. 

Essential health services such as routine immunization for children have been severely disrupted. In 2021, only 41% of children had been fully immunized against measles , and we expect that number to be even lower now. 

Children are particularly at risk of the deadly combination of hunger and disease. Severely malnourished children are many times more likely to die of diseases like cholera and measles. 

Due to problems of insecurity and violence, patients and health personnel have difficulty accessing hospitals and health services, while health facilities are unable to function normally due to fuel shortages. 

WHO is working to address the immediate needs of the population in areas affected by the resurgence of cholera, as well as protecting the most vulnerable groups impacted by violence, insecurity and rising poverty levels. 

WHO has asked for 37 million U.S. dollars to reach 1.8 million of those in need in 2023." 

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WHO:  6 February 2023 Earthquake in Syria and Turkiye 

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 Virtual Press Conference by WHO Director-General

Dr. Tedros on response and needs for

Syrian Arab Republic and Türkiye Earthquakes

12 February 2023

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" The Earthquake in Türkiye and the Syrian Arab Republic, Marburg in Equatorial Guinea, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the global mpox outbreak all point to the need for all countries to build health systems that can withstand the shock of emergencies and deliver the care people need when they need it most. "

Quote: WHO Director-General's opening remarks

at the media briefing  – 15 February 2023

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GLOBAL

HEALTH

ISSUES

"Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.

First, an update on H5N1 avian influenza.

Last week, the United States reported a fourth human case of H5N1 following exposure to infected dairy cows.

Cambodia also reported two cases in children who had contact with sick or dead chickens.

For the moment, no human-to-human transmission has been reported, which is why WHO continues to assess the risk to the general public as low. 

However, our ability to assess and manage that risk is compromised by limited surveillance for influenza viruses in animals globally.

Understanding how these viruses are spreading and changing in animals is essential for identifying any changes that might increase the risk of outbreaks in humans, or the potential for a pandemic.

WHO calls on all countries to strengthen influenza surveillance and reporting in animals and humans;

To share samples of influenza viruses with WHO Collaborating Centres;

To share genetic sequences of human and animal flu viruses with publicly accessible databases;

To provide protection for farm workers who may be exposed to infected animals;

To accelerate research on avian influenza; 

And to encourage closer cooperation between the animal and human health sectors. 

Even as we continue to study the spread of H5N1, we also continue to study COVID-19, which still kills an average of 1700 people globally every week.

However, data show that vaccine coverage has declined among health workers and people over 60, which are two of the most at-risk groups.

WHO recommends that people in the highest risk groups receive a COVID-19 vaccine within 12 months of their last dose. 

Mpox also remains a global health threat, with 26 countries reporting cases to WHO this month. 

The outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo shows no sign of slowing, with more than 11,000 cases reported this year, and 445 deaths, with children the most affected. 

South Africa has recently reported 20 cases of mpox to WHO, including three deaths, the first cases in that country since 2022.

The cases were all men, and most self-identified as men who have sex with men

None had reported any history of international travel, which suggests the confirmed cases are a small proportion of all cases, and that community transmission is ongoing.

WHO is supporting both DRC and South Africa to respond to these outbreaks, to conduct surveillance, to engage the affected communities, and to develop immunization strategies to ensure the most effective response. 

Now to Ukraine, where the Ohmatdyt National Children’s Hospital in Kyiv was severely damaged on Monday following a series of aerial strikes.

More than 600 children were in the hospital when it was struck

Two people were killed and 50 injured, including 8 children.

Sixty-eight children remain under treatment in the surviving buildings, and 94 children were transported to other medical facilities in Kyiv. 

The remaining children, who were in the hospital for scheduled treatment, have been examined and temporarily discharged. 

Our WHO team arrived at the hospital immediately after the attack and saw the desperation of parents, medical staff, and volunteers evacuating the children. 

WHO’s biomedical engineers are assessing the damage to medical equipment to determine what we can provide to ensure continuity of care.

We will also provide medical supplies to hospitals that have received patients from Ohmatdyt. 

Including the attack on the children’s hospital, WHO verified four attacks on health care in Ukraine on Monday, killing 9 health workers and patients and leaving another 71 injured.

Since the beginning of the war, WHO has verified 1885 attacks on health care, which have been linked to 157 deaths and 435 injuries among health workers and patients.

Attacks on health care are a violation of international humanitarian law.

Next to Sudan, which has endured 15 months of conflict, with almost 19,000 people killed and 33,000 injured.

Access to health services continues to be severely constrained due to insecurity and shortages of medicines, medical supplies and health workers.

Almost 15 million people need urgent health assistance, including maternal and newborn care, treatment for cancer, diabetes and other noncommunicable diseases, and protection from outbreaks of cholera, measles, malaria, dengue, meningitis, and more.

The risk of famine is growing, with more than half Sudan’s population facing crisis levels of food insecurity, or worse.

WHO has recently distributed 3 metric tons of pre-positioned supplies to meet the critical needs of the population in North Darfur.

We call on both sides to the conflict to facilitate assistance for those in need. 

Opening the Adré crossing from Chad into western Darfur is absolutely vital for scaling up assistance.

Access must also be facilitated elsewhere, including to Khartoum, the Kordofan states, and other hotspots.

Renewed fighting has forced even more people to flee. In the past three months, the number of displaced people has increased by more than 45% to 12.7 million, including 10.5 million who are displaced internally, and 2.2 million who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

Their health needs are enormous. In Chad, most arrive after multiple displacements, suffering gunshot wounds, many having survived rape and sexual violence, without sufficient food for months, and having walked for days.

Host communities in Chad have been very hospitable, offering food, water, and shelter for refugees, but the needs are overwhelming.

Last week, WHO experts from our Eastern Mediterranean and African regions conducted a joint mission to Chad to assess the refugee situation and scale-up cross-border operations.

Our priority is to create systems that address immediate medical needs but also strengthen Chad’s health system capacity so the health needs of refugees are not dependent on aid in the long-term.

Despite the increasing health needs in both Chad and Sudan, WHO has only 18% of the funds we need to meet those needs. The international community must do better than that.

  

Sudan remains a political crisis that can only end with a political solution. 

Peace, access, and funding are in desperately short supply, and once again it is the innocent who suffer.

Finally, to Gaza.

Since the conflict began in October last year, more than 38,000 people have been killed, 88,000 injured, and about 10,000 are missing.

More evacuation orders issued by Israel are further threatening the health of people who have already suffered so much.

The Al Ahli and Patient Friendly hospitals in northern Gaza are the latest that are unable to function because of fighting nearby.

Patients from Al Ahli have been evacuated to the Indonesian Hospital, which is now operating at three times its capacity.

Over 10 000 patients still need medical evacuation for treatment that cannot be provided in Gaza.

Multiple evacuation corridors are needed urgently, to the West Bank, Egypt and Jordan.

And almost the entire population of Gaza now faces high levels of acute food insecurity.

Almost one in four are facing starvation, and another one in three face an emergency level of food shortages that can lead to a high rate of acute malnutrition.

At the same time, very few supplies are getting into Gaza.

Only five WHO trucks were allowed into Gaza last week.

More than 34 trucks are waiting at the Al Arish crossing, and 850 pallets of supplies are awaiting collection. A further 40 trucks are waiting at Ismailiya in Egypt.

WHO calls for the restrictions on supplies entering Gaza to be lifted immediately.

The people of Gaza who have nothing to do with this conflict must not be the ones who pay the price for it.

To say more, I’m pleased to welcome WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Hanan Balkhy, who visited Gaza and the West Bank last week.

Hanan, thank you for joining us. You have the floor.

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Thank you, Dr Balkhy, we really appreciate your leadership. . . "

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WHO Update on COVID-19:  February 2024

Must See Video

Although COVID-19 is no longer a global health emergency, the following important ​web-links should not be discarded:

ACT-Accelerator:  Access to COVID-19 Tools

ACT-Accelerator Strategic Plan & Budget: Oct 2021 to Sep 2022

ACT Accelerator Facilitation Council

African Vaccine Acquisition Trust [AVAT]

BCG Vaccine

COVAX Global Vaccines Facility

COVID-19 IHR Emergency Committee

COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator

COVID-19 Technology Access Pool [C-TAP]

Emergency Medical Teams

Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System

Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

Global Vaccine Market Report [2023]

Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance

Global Vaccine Market Report [2022]

Immunization Agenda 2030

Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB)

International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

International Conference on Public Health in Africa

International Coordinating Group [ICG] on Vaccine Provision

International Health Regulations

Joint Advisory Group on COVID-19 Therapeutics Prioritization

Medicines Patent Pool

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework

PAHO [WHO Regional Office for the Americas]

R&D Blueprint for Epidemics

SAGO [Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens]

SARS-CoV-2

Solidarity Trial Vaccines

Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization

2023 - 2025 Updated: WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan

2021 WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan

Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 Vaccine Composition

Technical Advisory Group for Virus Evolution

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]

WHO Bio Hub System

WHO Emergency Use Listing

WHO, Germany Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence in Berlin

WHO Global Clinical Data Platform

WHO-PAHO [Pan American Health Organization]

WHO - World Health Assembly [WHA]

WHO Solidarity PLUS Trial

Prescriptions for a healthy, green recovery

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Looking back as the world moves
forward with the . . .
Global COVID-19 Pandemic over
as a global health emergency
as of 5 May 2023!

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Around the World . . .

" COVID-19:  A Global Crisis"

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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

Learn more at:

GLOBAL HUMANTARIAN RESPONSE PLAN COVID-1

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On the Frontlines of COVID-19 . . .