"Today marks #ZeroDiscriminationDay – a day to draw attention to the numerous barriers that stand between people and the health services they need.
All over the world, inequality, stigma and discrimination are, and have always been, drivers of diseases of all kinds"-@DrTedros
"And it’s a timely reminder of our focus on health equality for #WorldHealthDay this year, with the theme of “Building a fairer, healthier world.”
Ultimately, health is not just a matter of science and medicine – it’s a matter of human rights"-@DrTedros
"And in #Ethiopia, the ongoing conflict in the Tigray region has put many health facilities and hospitals out of action.
We are deeply concerned about the risk of diseases due to lack of food, clean water, shelter and access to health care"-@DrTedros
"5+ million people are now at risk of famine. And already, 1/2 a million children under 5 could die from hunger in the coming weeks, unless they receive urgent treatment. We thank those donors who have made contributions so far. These contributions must be sustained"-@DrTedros
"For public health authorities, that means testing, contact tracing, isolation, supported quarantine and quality care.
For individuals, it means avoiding crowds, physical distancing, hand hygiene, masks and ventilation"-@DrTedros #COVID19 #InThisTogether
"In the past week, the number of reported cases of #COVID19 increased for the first time in 7 weeks.
Reported cases increased in four of WHO’s six regions: the Americas, Europe, South East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean.
This is disappointing, but not surprising"-@DrTedros
"We’re working to better understand these increases in #COVID19 transmission.
Some of it appears to be due to relaxing of public health measures, continued circulation of variants, and people letting down their guard"-@DrTedros
"WHO & #COVAX partners will continue to work day & night towards our vision of seeing vaccination start in every country within the first 100 days of this year. There are now 40 days left.
We can only realize this vision with the support & cooperation of all partners"-@DrTedros
"Countries are not in a race with each other, this is a common race against the #COVID19 virus.
We’re not asking countries to put their own people at risk. We’re asking all countries to be part of a global effort to suppress the virus everywhere"-@DrTedros #VaccinEquity
"It’s encouraging to see #healthworkers in lower-income countries starting to be vaccinated [against #COVID19], but it’s regrettable that this comes almost three months after some of the wealthiest countries started their vaccination campaigns"-@DrTedros #VaccinEquity
"And it’s regrettable that some countries continue to prioritize vaccinating younger, healthier adults at lower risk of disease in their own populations ahead of #healthworkers and older people elsewhere"-@DrTedros #VaccinEquity
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