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The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented 91 attacks on healthcare facilities in Ukraine since the Russian invasion.
WHO European Director Dr Hans Kluge told a press conference today that routine polio and measles immunization coverage is below the population threshold immunity, 50% of Ukrainian pharmacies are presumed closed and 1000 health facilities are near conflict zones or in modified control zones. Around 80,000 babies will be born in the next 3 months with insufficient antenatal and postnatal care due to the ongoing conflict.
Kluge visits Ukraine
“I am speaking to you today about the city of L’viv, in western Ukraine, from where the WHO coordinates its activities in the country. As a doctor myself, I am here in Ukraine to stand in solidarity with the country’s healthcare workers,” said Dr Hans Kluge. “I speak on behalf of the entire WHO family when I say it is my deepest wish that this war end quickly, with no further loss of life. Tragically, that is not the reality we are seeing. .
Today is World Health Day, the day the World Health Organization was founded 74 years ago in the aftermath of World War II to uphold the principle that health is a human right and that all human beings should enjoy the highest standard of health.
“On this World Health Day, I reiterate WHO’s determination to ensure health for all, wherever they are in the 53 countries of Europe and Central Asia. We seek to ensure that everyone, regardless of their circumstances, is not deprived of the medicines, treatments and care they may need.
WHO has delivered more than 185 tons of medical supplies to the hardest hit areas of the country, reaching half a million people with materials to support trauma, surgery and primary health care.
Another 125 tonnes of essential items are also on the way. Assistive products – wheelchairs, other mobility aids, communication aids for the blind, are in transit and will soon be distributed throughout Ukraine.
Our Planet Our Health
World Health Day is celebrated today to mark the founding of the World Health Organization on April 7, 1948. Each year a theme is chosen for the day, and this time it is ‘Our planet, our health”.
On this World Health Day (April 7, 2022), WHO is making an urgent call for accelerated action by leaders and all people to preserve and protect health and mitigate the climate crisis through a campaign ” Our Planet, Our Health” marking the organization’s founding day, which falls at a time of heightened conflict and fragility.
In issuing its call to action, the WHO notes that 99% of people breathe unhealthy air resulting primarily from the burning of fossil fuels. A warming world sees mosquitoes spreading disease further and faster than ever before. Extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, land degradation and water scarcity displace people and affect their health. Pollution and plastics are found at the bottom of our deepest oceans, highest mountains, and have made their way into our food chain and bloodstream. Systems that produce highly processed and unhealthy foods and beverages drive obesity, increase cancer and heart disease while generating up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. This health and social crisis compromises the ability of people to take charge of their health and their lives.
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