It's #WorldFoodDay! 🍎🥬🥕

With tens of millions of people at risk of falling into extreme poverty & malnutrition because of #COVID19 pandemic, global solidarity & support are needed more to than ever to help those in need.

DYK: Before the #COVID19 pandemic, over 2 billion people did not have regular access to safe, nutritious & sufficient food.

130 million more people could now fall into chronic hunger by the end of 2020.

Overcoming hunger & #malnutrition is more than securing enough food to survive: what people eat must also be nutritious.

Yet 3⃣ billion people cannot afford a healthy diet.
#Malnutrition affects all age groups. Even before the #COVID19 pandemic.

In 2019, among under-5-year-olds 👦👧🏽:

✅144 million were stunted or wasted (too short or too thin)
✅ 47 million had low weight for height

✅38 million were overweight
Lack of access to healthy food, or consumption of unhealthy, high-calorie diets, are now the single largest cause of global ill health.

Include more🍑🍏🥕 in your diet to stay healthy

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Vaccine-preventable diseases include:
Cervical cancer
Hep B
Japanese encephalitis
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Yes, #VaccinesWork!

✅reduce child deaths and disease
✅protect against outbreaks
✅prevent malnutrition
✅defend against antimicrobial resistance

#VaccinesWork for all!

Nurses & midwives - every check-up is an opportunity to check in on vaccination for people of all ages: children, youth, adults and older people.

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I have access to good medical care. But many others who live with hypertension are not as lucky as me"-@DrTedros #WorldHypertensionDay
"#Hypertension is one of the world’s silent killers.

But it does not have to be. It is within our reach to prevent, diagnose and treat"-@DrTedros #WorldHypertensionDay

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Today is #WorldHypertensionDay.

Hypertension - or elevated blood pressure - is a serious medical condition that significantly increases the risks of ❤, 🧠, kidney & other diseases.

It is a major cause of premature death worldwide. 👉
This is how you can prevent high blood pressure:

❗️Reduce 🧂 to less than 5g/day
❗️Avoid saturated fats & trans fats 🍔
❗️Avoid 🚬
❗️Reduce 🍷
❕Eat 🍎 and 🥦 regularly
❕Be active 🧘‍♀️🏊‍

People with cardiovascular disease or diabetes, as well as those with #hypertension and obesity, are at increased risk of severe disease and death from #COVID19.

Learn how to check your blood pressure today!
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Herd immunity or population immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it. With herd immunity, the vast majority of a population are vaccinated, ⬇️ the overall amount of virus able to spread in the whole population.

Achieving herd immunity with safe and effective vaccines makes diseases rarer and saves lives.

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The progress achieved by the Solidarity Therapeutics Trial shows that large international trials are possible, even during #COVID19 pandemic, & offer the promise of quickly & reliably answering critical public health questions concerning therapeutics.

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