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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

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

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Special Announcement

World Health Day - 7 April 2024

THEME:

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WHO remains firmly committed to

the principles set out in the

preamble to the

Constitution of the

World Health Organization

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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

 WHO Director-General Tedros:

"PEACE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION."

 20 April 2023

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WHO Emergency Appeal: Sudan and neighbouring

countries, June-December 2023

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Learn more on the following web page:

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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." 

Text - Quotes Courtesy, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

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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 to Gaza.

WHO is horrified by the killing of seven humanitarian workers from World Central Kitchen in Gaza on Monday.

The work they were doing was saving lives, providing food to thousands of starving people.

Their cars were clearly marked and should never have been attacked.

Delivering humanitarian aid in Gaza is already difficult and dangerous.

Hungry people will go unfed because World Central Kitchen has quite understandably paused its operations.

I honour our colleagues for their service, and for putting themselves in harm’s way to serve others.

WHO has been working with World Central Kitchen in Gaza to deliver food to health workers and patients in hospitals.

This horrific incident highlights the extreme danger under which WHO colleagues and our partners are working – and will continue to work.

But we can only do so with safe access. This means an effective and transparent mechanism for deconfliction must be put in place to ensure humanitarian convoys can move safely.

We need more entry points, including in northern Gaza, cleared roads, and predictable and expedited passage through checkpoints.

Delays and denials of humanitarian missions not only prevent us from reaching those in need, but also impact other operations and deliveries by diverting scarce resources.

In addition to the attack on the World Central Kitchen convoy, we are likewise appalled that Al-Shifa hospital has been put out of action, and that much of it has been badly damaged or destroyed.

Over the last few days, WHO’s team in Gaza has been seeking permission to access what is left of the hospital, to speak with staff and to see what can be saved.

But at the moment, the situation looks disastrous.

Al-Shifa was the largest hospital and main referral centre in the Gaza Strip, with 750 beds, 26 operating rooms, 32 intensive care rooms, a dialysis department and a central laboratory.

I repeat: hospitals must be respected and protected; they must not be used as battlefields.

Since the conflict began, WHO has verified 906 attacks on health care in Gaza, the West Bank, Israel and Lebanon, resulting in 736 deaths and 1014 injuries.

Only 10 of Gaza’s 36 hospitals are still able to function even partially. WHO will continue to support those hospitals to deliver services as best they can.

More than 33,000 people have now been killed in Gaza, and almost 80,000 injured.

We are seeing a very high burden of respiratory and skin infections and diarrheal illness.

This Sunday marks six months since the conflict began.

WHO welcomes last week’s UN Security Council resolution demanding a ceasefire, and we call for its immediate implementation.

Once again, we call for all hostages to be released, and for lasting peace.

Now to the DRC [Democratic Republic of the Congo], which is experiencing a severe outbreak of mpox.

More than 4500 suspected cases and almost 300 deaths have been reported so far this year – triple the number of cases and deaths reported in the first quarter of last year.

Nineteen of DRC’s 26 provinces have reported cases, and 70% of cases and 87% of deaths are in children under 15 years of age.

While mpox is spread among children by close contact, there is also a concerning outbreak among adults due to sexual transmission in previously unaffected areas.

These outbreaks are being caused by clade one of the virus that causes mpox, which has been present in DRC for decades, and can cause higher mortality than the clade two virus that spread globally in 2022.

WHO and our partners, including Africa CDC, are supporting the Ministry of Health to respond to the outbreak and to assess mpox vaccines.

However, additional funding is needed to expand and sustain the response, and ensure the virus does not spread to neighbouring countries.

WHO has called consistently for more attention to better understand and stop mpox transmission in Africa, and to improve clinical care and access to vaccines.

At its meeting last month, WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization, SAGE, also issued a call to action to enhance access to mpox vaccines; to improve regulatory and procurement processes; to ensure research is embedded in emergency vaccine deployment; and to invest in research capacity in Africa.

The mpox outbreak is one of several overlapping crises in the DRC.

There are also outbreaks of measles and cholera, severe flooding in more than half of provinces, and since the beginning of this year, more than 350,000 people have been displaced, mostly because of armed conflict.

Now to the United States, where the US CDC has confirmed one case of H5N1 avian influenza in a person who works at a commercial dairy farm.

The patient did not report any symptoms apart from eye redness, was not hospitalized, and is recovering.

Investigations are continuing into how the person was infected, and WHO is in close contact with the US CDC.

Any case of H5N1 is concerning because it is highly dangerous to humans, although it has never been shown to be easily transmissible between people.

WHO and our partners track influenza viruses globally to monitor the evolution and spread of viruses in both animals and humans.

Finally, this Sunday marks World Health Day – the 76th anniversary of the Constitution of the World Health Organization coming into force.

This year’s theme for World Health Day is 'My health, my right’, reaffirming what WHO has affirmed since its birth on the 7th of April, 1948: that health is a right for all people, not a luxury.

In fact, the WHO Constitution was the first instrument of international law to affirm that the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental right of all people, without distinction.

Today, at least 140 countries recognize the right to health in their own constitutions.

And yet, around the world, that right is often unrealised or under threat.

At least 4.5 billion people — more than half of the world’s population — are not fully covered by essential health services, and two billion people face financial hardship due to out-of-pocket health spending.

Outbreaks, disasters, conflict and climate change are all causing death and disability, hunger and psychological distress.

Realising the right to health means passing and implementing laws to ensure people can access the health services they need, where and when they need them, without financial hardship.

It means addressing the reasons people get sick and die.

It means safe drinking water, clean air and good nutrition;

It means quality housing and decent working and environmental conditions;

And it means freedom from discrimination.

76 years since our founding, WHO remains totally committed to the highest attainable standard of health, as a fundamental right for all people, everywhere.

This World Health Day, we call on all people to demand your health as your right. . . "

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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 [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

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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Learn more / get latest UPDATES & INFO

on the following web page:

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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 . . .

Let's All Support Global Health Workers

During this Global Health Emergency!

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2021: Year of Health and Care Workers 

2021 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF HEALTH AND CA
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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) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, it has six regional offices and 150 field offices worldwide.

The WHO was established on 7 April 1948. The first meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the agency's governing body, took place on 24 July of that year. The WHO incorporated the assets, personnel, and duties of the League of Nations' Health Organization and the Office International d'Hygiène Publique, including the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Its work began in earnest in 1951 after a significant infusion of financial and technical resources.

The WHO's mandate seeks and includes: working worldwide to promote health, keeping the world safe, and serve the vulnerable. It advocates that a billion more people should have: universal health care coverage, engagement with the monitoring of public health risks, coordinating responses to health emergencies, and promoting health and well-being. It provides technical assistance to countries, sets international health standards, and collects data on global health issues. A publication, the World Health Report, provides assessments of worldwide health topics. The WHO also serves as a forum for discussions of health issues.

The WHO has played a leading role in several public health achievements, most notably the eradication of smallpox, the near-eradication of polio, and the development of an Ebola vaccine. Its current priorities include communicable diseases, particularly HIV/AIDSEbolaCOVID-19malaria and tuberculosisnon-communicable diseases such as heart disease and cancer; healthy diet, nutrition, and food securityoccupational health; and substance abuse. Its World Health Assembly, the agency's decision-making body, elects and advises an executive board made up of 34 health specialists. It selects the director-general, sets goals and priorities, and approves the budget and activities. The current director-general is Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia.

The WHO relies on contributions from member states (both assessed and voluntary) and private donors for funding. Its total approved budget for 2020–2021 is over $7.2 billion, of which the majority comes from voluntary contributions from member states. Since the late 20th century, the rise of new actors engaged in global health such as the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and dozens of public-private partnerships for global health have weakened the WHO's role as a coordinator and policy leader in the field.

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Special Announcements

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Keep the Dates: 15 - 17 October 2023

WORLD HEALTH SUMMIT

BERLIN, GERMANY

300+ SPEAKERS – 100+ NATIONS – 60+ SESSIONS – 3 DAYS – 1 GOAL: 

 HEALTH AND WELL-BEING FOR ALL"

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Learn more on the following web page:

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