LIVE: @DrTedros honours Henrietta Lacks' legacy across the world…
@DrTedros "The story of Henrietta Lacks and her @LacksFamily has been told in different ways by different people. Many sought to hide or alter things about her: her race; her name; her identity"-@DrTedros
"What happened to Henrietta was wrong, for at least three reasons.
1️⃣ she lived in a time when racial discrimination was legal in her society. Racial discrimination may no longer be legal most countries, but it is still widespread in many countries"-@DrTedros
"2️⃣ Henrietta Lacks was exploited. She is one of many women of colour whose bodies have been misused by science. She placed her trust in the health system so she could receive treatment. But the system took something from her without her knowledge or consent"-@DrTedros
"3️⃣ the medical technologies that were developed from this injustice have been used to perpetuate further injustice, because they have not been shared equitably around the world"-@DrTedros
"Henrietta’s cells were foundational in the development of #HPV vaccines that can eliminate the same cancer that took her life. But in countries with the highest burden of cervical cancer, those vaccines are not available in sufficient doses"-@DrTedros #cervicalcancer
"Likewise, although her cells have been used in #COVID19 research, the tools to stop the disease are not being shared enough with low-and-middle-income countries. Nor are many other life-saving innovations developed with Henrietta’s miraculous #HeLacells"-@DrTedros
"Many people have benefited from those #HeLaCells – fortunes have been made, science has advanced, Nobel Prizes have been won and most importantly, many lives have been saved. No doubt Henrietta would have been pleased that her suffering has saved others"-@DrTedros
"But the end does not justify the means. All it would have taken was for someone to do her the honour of asking. In honouring Henrietta Lacks today, WHO acknowledges the importance of reckoning with past injustices, and advancing racial equity in health and science"-@DrTedros
"Acknowledging the wrongs of the past is essential for building trust for the future. We also recognize the extraordinary potential that her legacy continues to offer. There are many more lives we can save by working for racial justice and equity"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "We stand in solidarity with marginalized patients and communities all over the world who are not consulted, engaged or empowered in their own care. We affirm that in medicine and in science, #BlackLivesMatter. Henrietta Lacks’s life mattered, and still matters"-@DrTedros
"Today is also an opportunity to recognize those women of colour who have made incredible – but often unseen – contributions to medical science"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "It is therefore my great honour to present the Director-General’s Award posthumously to Henrietta Lacks. I invite her son, Mr Lawrence Lacks, and her great granddaughter, Victoria Baptiste, to receive it on her behalf"-@DrTedros

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh

Keep Current with World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!


Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @WHO

14 Oct
🆕 WHO's Global TB Report reveals deaths from #tuberculosis rise for the first time in more than a decade due to the #COVID19 pandemic.

1.5 million people died in 2020 & the number will continue to rise unless urgent action is taken 👉 #EndTB Image
In 2O20, the #COVID19 pandemic has

🚨 disrupted access to #tuberculosis services
🚨 reduced financial resources in many countries
🚨 limited the availability of essential tB services

🆕 Global TB report explains more 👉 #EndTB Image
People have also struggled to seek tuberculosis care during #COVID19 lockdowns, reversing years of global progress to #endTB.
More investments & innovation are needed to ensure access to care for the millions of people affected by tuberculosis 👉 Image
Read 9 tweets
14 Oct
Today is #WorldSightDay👁️

More than 2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness and at least 1 billion of those could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed.

Take care of your eyes. Get regular eye checks!
It's #WorldSightDay

The leading causes of reduced eyesight are
👁️Refractive errors
👁️Age-related macular degeneration
👁️Diabetic retinopathy
👁️Corneal opacity

Have you had your eyes checked?
It's #WorldSightDay

While most people with vision impairment are over the age of 50, vision loss can affect people of all ages.
Take care of your eyes. Get regular eye checks!

Read 6 tweets
13 Oct
Thank you, Henrietta Lacks!
Today @DrTedros honoured Henrietta Lacks posthumously with a WHO Director-General’s award, acknowledging her story - one of inequity - and recognizing her world-changing legacy to science and health…
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer, 70 years ago, on 4 October 1951.
Taken without her consent, her cells have allowed incalculable scientific breakthroughs such as HPV & polio vaccines and #COVID19 research…
Henrietta Lacks' cells, also known as #HeLaCells, became the first “immortal” cell line, allowing numerous scientific breakthroughs.
Shockingly, the global scientific community once hid her race & true story from the world, a historic wrong that today’s recognition seeks to heal.
Read 10 tweets
13 Oct
@DrTedros "The number of weekly reported deaths from #COVID19 continues to decline, and is now at the lowest level in almost a year. But it’s still an unacceptably high level – almost 50,000 deaths a week, and the real number is certainly higher"-@DrTedros
@DrTedros "Deaths are declining in every region except @WHO_Europe, where several countries are facing fresh waves of cases and deaths. And of course, deaths are highest in the countries and populations with the least access to #COVID19 vaccines"-@DrTedros
Read 27 tweets
13 Oct
🆕 WHO Announces Proposed Members of its Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) ➡️

The 26 proposed SAGO members have expertise in a range of areas:
-animal health
-clinical medicine
-molecular epidemiology
-molecular biology
-food safety
-public health
The composition of the SAGO reflects geographic and gender diversity. The final membership to the SAGO is subject to the public consultation period and relevant WHO practices and procedures.
Read 5 tweets
13 Oct
It's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

To better respond to emergencies countries must:
✅ invest in health care systems
✅ achieve gender equity
✅ protect marginalised groups
✅ ensure ready & equitable access to supplies

A strong & resilient health system is 🔑
#COVID19 has shown how health emergencies and disasters affect entire communities – especially those with weak health systems, and vulnerable populations like migrants, indigenous peoples, and those living in fragile humanitarian conditions.
It's International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

#OpenWHO has launched a multi-tiered core curriculum to help equip you with the competencies needed to work within public health emergency response.

Start learning today & be #Ready4Response:
Read 6 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!

This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!