record-. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a post-World Health Assembly press conference. / European Press
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Monday that it has committed $2.54 billion to help millions of people facing health emergencies around the world by 2023.
United Nations health agency said he is currently under treatment An unprecedented number of health emergencies enumerating the situation in Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and Ethiopiain addition to, inter alia, the effects of climate change, Massive floods devastated Pakistan last year Or food insecurity in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.
And all these emergencies are compounded by the chaos WHO has caused, WHO notes. covid-19 pandemic Not only the healthcare system around the world, Deadly epidemics such as cholera and measles.
The United Nations estimates that 339 million people will need some form of emergency assistance this year, about 25% more than in 2022.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “We are witnessing an unprecedented end to a crisis that requires an unprecedented response.
“The world cannot look away and expect these crises to resolve themselves,” he stressed.
Officials indicated that the WHO is responding to 54 health emergencies worldwide, 11 of which are classified as the highest level of emergency.
Ukraine’s WHO representative Jarno Habicht said Monday that there have been more than 700 attacks on health facilities in the country, including bombings of hospitals and ambulances, since Russia launched attacks in February 2022. clarified.
In addition, attacks against infrastructure ‘The sanitary facility cannot meet its obligations’ He noted, recalling that health workers often have to work without electricity or hot water. ‘Very difficult situation’
“I urge donors to act urgently in this emergency to fund vaccines, medicines, equipment and medical knowledge,” said former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.