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"Yesterday was #InternationalNursesDay and a moment to celebrate those critical frontline health workers saving the lives of people with #COVID19, #Ebola and many other diseases"-@DrTedros

"As the world celebrated nurses, I was shocked and appalled to hear of the attack on an @MSF hospital in #Afghanistan, which led to the deaths of nurses, mothers and babies"-@DrTedros #NotATarget
"Civilians & #healthworkers should never be a target & as my colleague & friend @DrMikeRyan said last week, the weaponisation of health is not helping anywhere.
We need health & peace.
We need peace for health & health for peace.
We need it now!"-@DrTedros
"In the time of a global #COVID19 pandemic, I urge all stakeholders to put aside politics and prioritize peace, a global ceasefire and ending this pandemic together.

Everyday without a ceasefire, more people are dying unnecessarily"-@DrTedros
"Today, the 2020 World Health Statistics were published by WHO.

There is good news that overall people around the world are living both longer and healthier lives"-@DrTedros #WorldHealthData

"The biggest gains were reported in low-income countries, which saw life expectancy rise by more than a fifth since the turn of the Millennium"-@DrTedros #WorldHealthData

"Better maternal and child healthcare has led to a halving of child mortality since the year 2000. An extraordinary achievement for the 🌍"-@DrTedros #WorldHealthData
"Furthermore, lower-income countries dramatically scaled up access to services to prevent and treat HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as a number of neglected tropical diseases such as guinea worm"-@DrTedros #WorldHealthData
"However, the report reflects that the rate of progress is too slow to meet @GlobalGoalsUN and will be further thrown off track by #COVID19"-@DrTedros #WorldHealthData

"The new statistics shine a light on one of the key drivers of the #COVID19 pandemic: inequality.

How is it that in 2020, approximately 1 billion people are spending at least 10% of their household budgets on health care?"-@DrTedros #WorldHealthData
"How is that in 2020:
-over 55% of countries have fewer than 40 nursing & midwifery personnel per 10,000 people?

-because of a failure to invest in preparedness, we now risk backsliding on childhood immunization, malaria, neglected tropical diseases & HIV?"-@DrTedros
"The answer is that the 🌍 has not done enough to deliver on the promise of #HealthForAll.

The #COVID19 pandemic is causing significant loss of life, disrupting livelihoods, and threatening to undo much of the progress we’ve made"-@DrTedros

"While #COVID19 is an unprecedented shock to the 🌍; through national unity & global solidarity, we can save both lives & livelihoods & ensure that other health services for neglected diseases, child vaccination, HIV, TB & malaria continue to both function & improve"-@DrTedros
"During #WHA73 next week we will discuss with health leaders from across the world not only how to defeat #COVID19 but also how we can build back stronger heath systems everywhere"-@DrTedros
"We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to prove that the 🌍 is more than just a collection of individual countries with colourful flags.

We are one 🌍 that has more in common with each other than we’d ever dare to believe"-@DrTedros
"#COVID19 has made it crystal clear that we are one 🌍 that has more in common with each other than we’d ever dare to believe.
The best defense against outbreaks & other health threats is preparedness, investing in building strong health systems & #PrimaryHealthCare"-@DrTedros
"Health systems and health security are two sides of the same coin.

If we don’t invest in both, we will face not just health consequences but the social, economic and political fallout that we’re already experiencing in the #COVID19 pandemic"-@DrTedros
"Today, I joined leaders from global health, human rights & development institutions to draw the attention of political leaders to the heightened vulnerability of prisoners during the #COVID19 pandemic"-@DrTedros
"Along with WHO’s own guidance on prisons, I urge political leaders to enhance all prevention and control measures in respect to vulnerable populations in places of detention"-@DrTedros #COVID19
"Overcrowding in prisons undermines hygiene, health, safety and human dignity, a health response to #COVID19 in closed settings alone is insufficient"-@DrTedros
"We urge political leaders to ensure that #COVID19 preparedness and responses in closed settings are identified and implemented in line with fundamental human rights and are guided by WHO guidance and recommendations to protect human health"-@DrTedros
"Furthermore, today the WHO announced the launch of the #WHOAcademy app designed to support #healthworkers, and the WHO Info app designed to inform the general public during #COVID19.
The apps are available in all @UN languages"-@DrTedros
"With these new mobile apps, the WHO is putting the power of learning and knowledge-sharing directly into the hands of #healthworkers and people everywhere"-@DrTedros #COVID19
"The #WHOAcademy app provides #healthworkers with mobile access to a wealth of #COVID19 resources, developed by WHO, that include up-to-the-minute guidance, tools, training, and virtual workshops that will help them care for COVID-19 patients and protect themselves"-@DrTedros
"In response to #COVID19, WHO has utilized our platform and translated guidance into training, including 68 online courses to improve the response to health emergencies"-@DrTedros
"It now has more than 2.5 million enrolments and hosts free trainings on 10 different topics across 22 languages to support the coronavirus response, including our first course in Swahili this week"-@DrTedros #COVID19
"Everyday we learn more & more about #COVID19 & new apps & courses for #healthworkers and the general public allow us to disseminate information quickly and effectively.
Sharing experience & best practices is critical for strengthening our response to the pandemic"-@DrTedros
"Learning together is key to building national unity and global solidarity so that together we accelerate progress faster and build a better world for us all to live in"-@DrTedros #COVID19
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