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EMERGENCY  ANNOUNCEMENT

Corona Virus:  COVID-19

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Following Text Courtesy, WHO - COVID-19  11 January 2021

"Good morning, good afternoon and good evening.  One year ago, the first death from COVID-19 was reported and WHO issued its first tranche of technical guidance.  The comprehensive package included guidance on surveillance, lab testing, infection prevention and control, a readiness checklist, and risk communication and community engagement.

A year on, there have been almost 2 million deaths from the COVID-19 virus and while we are hopeful about the safe and effective vaccines that are being rolled out, we want to see this sped up and vaccines allocated equitably in the coming weeks.        

                       

Next week at the WHO Executive Board, I will be encouraging all countries to fulfill their pledges to COVAX.  I call for a collective commitment so that within the next 100 days, vaccination for health workers and those at high-risk in all countries are underway. 

Governments, manufacturers, civil society, religious and community leaders must come together to create the greatest mass mobilization in history for equitable vaccination.                                                         

WHO continues to ask vaccine manufacturers from around the world to move swiftly to provide the necessary data that will allow us to consider them for emergency use listings.  I’m pleased that a WHO team is in China currently working with producers of the Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines to assess compliance with international quality manufacturing practices ahead of potential emergency use listing by WHO.  To clarify this is separate from the WHO origins mission.  

We also look forward to Serum Institute of India submitting full data sets for rapid assessment so WHO can determine whether we can recommend their AstraZeneca vaccine for international use.

These are just a couple examples of work under way by WHO, GAVICEPI and other partners aimed at safe, rapid, equitable and wise allocation of vaccines

As I have said before and will say again, saving lives, livelihoods and economies depends on a global agreement to avoid vaccine nationalism.

Over the weekend, WHO was notified by Japan about a new variant of the virus.  The more the virus spreads the higher the chance of new changes to the virus.  Most notably, transmissibility of some variants of the virus appears to be increasing.  This can drive a surge of cases and hospitalizations, which is highly problematic for health workers and hospitals already close to breaking point.   This is especially true where public health and social measures have already broken down.  This can have a knock-on effect on other essential health services.

At present, the variants do not seem to show increased severity of disease.  With new treatments coming down the pipeline, we are hopeful that more lives of those with serious cases of COVID-19 can be saved.  But we need to follow the public health basics now more than ever.  Keep as much physical distance as you can from other people. Keep rooms well-ventilated. Wear a mask. Keep your hands clean. And cough away from others into your elbow.

You might get fed up of hearing it but the virus is not fed up with us.  Limiting transmission limits the chance of dangerous new variants from developing. . . "

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Around the World . . .

" COVID-19:  A Global Crisis"

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Looking back as the world moves

forward with the . . .

Global COVID-19 Pandemic!

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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

. . . 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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Let's All Support Global Health Workers

During this Global Health Emergency!

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Important Announcement

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]

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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