.@DrTedros : #COVID19 has exacerbated inequalities both between and within countries. While we have all been impacted by the pandemic, the poorest and most marginalized have been hit hardest - both in terms of lives and livelihoods lost. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : In the year ahead, the 🌎 needs to make 5⃣vital changes:

1⃣We need to invest in equitable production and access to #COVID19 rapid tests, oxygen, treatments and vaccines between and within countries. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : #COVAX itself has already delivered 36 million doses to 86 countries and economies, and is on track to reach 100 this week. Supply chains are up and running and health systems primed. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : Scaling up production and equitable distribution remains the major barrier to ending the acute stage of the #COVID19 pandemic. It’s a travesty that in some countries #healthworkers and those at-risk groups remain completely unvaccinated. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : WHO will continue to call on governments to share #COVID19 vaccine doses and fill the $22.1 billion gap in the @ACTAccelerator for the equitable distribution of vaccines, rapid tests and therapeutics. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : 2⃣There must be a serious investment in #primaryhealthcare & getting health services to every member of every community.

The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our health systems. As essential services were paused, many diseases came roaring back. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : As countries move forward post-#COVID19, it will be vital to avoid cuts in public spending on health and other social sectors. Such cuts are likely to increase hardship among already disadvantaged groups. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : Gov'ts should meet WHO’s recommended target of spending an additional 1% of GDP on #primaryhealthcare, which is central to improving both equity and efficiency. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : 3⃣Prioritize health and social protection.
Some countries have already put in place expanded social protection schemes to mitigate the negative impact of the #COVID19 pandemic on poverty, education, nutrition and overall health. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : These schemes should be extended until essential services are up and running again.

And they must include marginalized groups in planning and implementing future schemes. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : 4⃣Build safe, healthy and inclusive neighborhoods.

City leaders have often been powerful champions for better health - for example, by improving transport systems and water and sanitation facilities. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : Access to healthy housing, in safe neighborhoods, is key to achieving #HealthForAll. But too often, the lack of basic social services for some communities traps them in a spiral of sickness and insecurity. That must change. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : Meanwhile, 80% of the 🌎's populations living in extreme poverty are in rural areas where 7 out of 10 people lack access to basic sanitation & water services. So countries must intensify efforts to reach rural communities with health & other basic social services.
.@DrTedros : 5⃣Data and health information systems must be enhanced. High-quality and timely disaggregated data by sex, wealth, education, ethnicity, race, gender and place of residence is key to working out where inequities exist, and addressing them. | via @WHO
.@DrTedros : Health inequality monitoring has to be an integral part of all national health information systems – at present just half the world’s countries have any capacity to do this. | via @WHO

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