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Nov 10, 2023 25 tweets 5 min read
LIVE: @DrTedros' briefing on the health situation in #Gaza to the @UN Security Council twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1… "Let me be clear from the outset that I fully understand the anger, grief and fear of the Israeli people following the horrific, barbaric and unjustifiable attacks by Hamas and other armed groups on Israeli civilians on the 7th of October.

The killing of 1,400 people, and injuries to more than 7,200 others, is bad enough. For the survivors and families of victims, the mental health consequences will endure for a long time to come.

WHO is gravely concerned for the health and well-being of Israeli hostages in Gaza, many of whom are older people, children and those with urgent medical needs"-@DrTedros
Nov 2, 2023 18 tweets 5 min read
Media briefing on the health situation in Gaza and Israel, and other global health issues with @DrTedros twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1… "We are running out of words to describe the horror unfolding in Gaza.

Since Hamas’s horrific attacks on Israel on the 7th of October, more than 10,000 people have been killed, including over 8,500 in Gaza and 1400 in Israel. In both Israel and Gaza, 70% of those killed are women and children"-@DrTedros
Aug 10, 2023 11 tweets 5 min read
#TraditionalMedicine has been at the frontiers of medicine & science laying the foundation for conventional medical texts.

#DYK: Nearly 40% of pharmaceutical products have a natural product base, incl.:
💊aspirin
💊artemisinin
💊contraceptive pills
💊childhood cancer treatments In 1969, Tu Youyou was tasked to search for antimalarial drugs.  She turned to ancient Chinese #TraditionalMedicine books & discovered artemisinin. In 2015, Tu Youyou was awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on #malaria, which has saved millions of lives.
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After testing – unsuccessfully -- over 240 000 compounds for use in antimalarials, Chinese scientist Tu Youyou, head of the Project 523 to discover a cure for chloroquine-resistant malaria, turned to traditional Chinese medical literature for clues.  There, she and her team found a reference to sweet wormwood to treat intermittent fevers. In 1971, Tu Youyou’s team isolated artemisinin, an active compound in sweet wormwood that was particularly effective in treating malaria. Artemisinin is now recommended by the World Health Organization as the first and second line of treatment for malaria....
Jun 11, 2023 6 tweets 4 min read
Comprehensive sexuality education delivers positive health outcomes for life.

It supports:
👍 positive attitudes
👍 responsible choices
👍 healthier relationships
👍 better self-esteem

Studies worldwide have shown that it protects the health of young people. It also helps… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… FACT: Comprehensive sexuality education is associated with later sexual activity and reduced risk-taking.

Evidence shows that young people are more likely to delay having sex – and if they do have sex, practice safer sex - when they are better informed about sexual health and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Reminder saying that Compre...
Jun 10, 2023 4 tweets 4 min read
🔥 🚒  #ClimateChange makes it more likely for droughts & wildfires to happen. Wildfires contributes to increased air pollution & can cause death & injury from suffocation, burns & smoke inhalation.

#ClimateCrisis harms our health 🔗bit.ly/3FLOJiu 🌡 🥵 Rising temperatures increase the risk of extreme heat. Above 4⃣0⃣ degrees, heat stroke might happen, causing organ failure, hospitalization & even death.

#ClimateCrisis harms our health.
Jun 9, 2023 5 tweets 5 min read
Every year, exposure to #AirPollution causes 7 million premature deaths.

From forest fires to smog hanging over cities and smoke inside the home, the #ClimateEmergency threatens our health and our planet.

📌 bit.ly/3FLOJiu Factoid stating that "... In children 🧒🏽 👶🏻 👧🏾, exposure to #AirPollution can cause:
🫁 reduced lung growth & function
🗣️ respiratory infections
🩺 aggravated #asthma

📌 bit.ly/3FLOJiu A child is walking and read...
Jun 5, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
🆕 Analysis: Immediate kangaroo mother care reduces sepsis risks for babies born early or small.

For these vulnerable newborns, it reduced suspected sepsis by 18%, while related deaths fell by more than a third bit.ly/3WSOVTG Image The study adds to mounting evidence on the lifesaving benefits of kangaroo mother care, which incl.:
💕 Ongoing skin-to-skin contact with a caregiver, usually the mother
💕 Exclusive breastfeeding, or provision of breast-milk
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May 30, 2023 16 tweets 13 min read
Closing of the #WHA76 with @DrTedros twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1… @DrTedros "We've come to the end of another long but fruitful #WHA76. I’m sure many of you are tired and are looking forward to going home. But as you do, spare a thought for delegates at the first World Health Assembly in 1948, which lasted for four weeks. Be grateful"-@DrTedros
May 29, 2023 7 tweets 6 min read
The #WHA76 approved a landmark resolution aimed at improving the health of indigenous peoples.

Indigenous peoples, representing diverse groups and communities, tend to have considerably lower life expectancy than non-indigenous populations.

🔗Read more: bit.ly/45DzH8Y Image The delegates at #WHA76 agreed to a resolution regarding accelerating action on global drowning prevention.

🔗Read more: bit.ly/45DzH8Y Young children are seen pla...
May 22, 2023 56 tweets 55 min read
LIVE: Remarks by @DrTedros at the #WHA76 twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1… @DrTedros "As you know, just under three weeks ago I declared an end to #COVID19 as a public health emergency of international concern.

It was a moment of relief and reflection.

It’s encouraging to see life return to normal – to be able to hug a friend, to travel freely, and to meet… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Image
May 22, 2023 6 tweets 5 min read
The second day of the 76th World Health Assembly will start at 9AM CEST.

Get the latest documents on #WHA76:
📄 bit.ly/3Iy0z0d Image The 76th World Health Assembly elected Dr Christopher Fearne @chrisfearne from #Malta 🇲🇹 as President of #WHA76 twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Picture of Dr Christopher F...
May 21, 2023 6 tweets 5 min read
The 2023 WHO Director General’s Global Leaders Awards are given to Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum and Pieter Piot.

Both are distinguished scientists and public health leaders who were closely involved in the discovery of Ebola before advancing to leadership positions in global… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Prof Muyembe-Tamfum from #DRCongo is being recognized for his innovation, leadership and ground-breaking contributions to the management and treatment of diseases such as Ebola.

He has played a critical role in improving health outcomes in his country, the African region, and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 21, 2023 51 tweets 48 min read
LIVE: Opening of the 76th World Health Assembly with @DrTedros. #WHA76 twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1… @DrTedros "In 1977, Ali Maow Maalin was a 23-year-old working as a hospital cook in the port of Merca, #Somalia.

In addition to his duties in the kitchen, Maalin had worked as a vaccinator in WHO’s #smallpox eradication programme, which had hunted down the last remaining cases of smallpox… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 21, 2023 15 tweets 12 min read
Good morning, #Geneva!

We are LIVE from Place the Nations for Walk the Talk for #HealthForAll this morning.

JOIN US for a fun run, walk, on your wheelchairs - with friends, family, pets! Grab your FREE Walk the Talk for #HealthForAll t-shirt from the counter!
Available in different colors.

[… and yes, your pet can have one too! 😊] twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Image
May 19, 2023 7 tweets 4 min read
Comprehensive sexuality education delivers positive health outcomes for life.
It supports:
👍 positive attitudes
👍 responsible choices
👍 healthier relationships
👍 better self-esteem

Studies worldwide have shown that it protects the health of young people. It also helps ensure… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… FACT: Comprehensive sexuality education is associated with later sexual activity and reduced risk-taking.

Evidence shows that young people are more likely to delay having sex – and if they do have sex, practice safer sex - when they are better informed about sexual health and… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Reminder saying that Compre...
May 19, 2023 5 tweets 7 min read
📌World Health Statistics 2023 report is out.
It is WHO’s ‘annual check-up on the state of the world’s health’.
⏩New figures on the impact of the #COVID19 pandemic
⏩Latest statistics on progress towards health-related Sustainable Development Goals.
🔗bit.ly/457h3G6 World Health Statistics 202... With data up to 2022, we see a stagnation of health progress on key health indicators in recent years compared with the trends seen during 2000-2015.
The world is facing an ever-growing threat of non-communicable diseases and #climatechange.
⏩Read the full… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Image
May 16, 2023 7 tweets 5 min read
🆕 resources from @WHO aim to help ensure more babies born early (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) or small (under 2.5kg at birth) can benefit from kangaroo mother care.

To improve health and survival, the 🌎’s tiniest babies should be held skin-to-skin – for as many hours as… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Image Kangaroo mother care meets a small or preterm baby’s needs for warmth, comfort and nutrition.
It incl.:
💕 Ongoing skin-to-skin contact with a caregiver, usually the mother
💕 Exclusive breastfeeding, or provision of breast-milk

More: bit.ly/42Gcb9j Image
May 15, 2023 4 tweets 4 min read
WHO's first-ever comprehensive framework on reducing #anaemia - calling on countries to accelerate action to reduce the prevalence of anaemia in young children, adolescent girls and women.

Anaemia is a serious global public health problem, affecting 571 million women and 269… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Image Symptoms of #anaemia incl.:
🩸 Tired
🩸 Dizzy or lightheaded
🩸 Cold hands and feet
🩸 Shortness of breath
🩸 Pale skin
🩸 Bruised more easily

bit.ly/41BL5yE Image
May 5, 2023 35 tweets 27 min read
LIVE: Media briefing on #COVID19 and global health issues with @DrTedros twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1… @DrTedros "1221 days ago, WHO learned of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China.

On the 30th January 2020, on the advice of an Emergency Committee convened under the International Health Regulations, I declared a public health emergency of international concern… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
May 5, 2023 5 tweets 4 min read
It’s World #HandHygiene Day

#CleanHands are key to keep patients & health workers safe, yet:
🔸50% of health care facilities don't have basic hand hygiene facilities at points of care & toilets
🔸3.85 billion people lack a basic hand hygiene service at their health care facility Stop avoidable infections.

Practice #HandHygiene by using alcohol-based hand sanitizers 🧴 or soap 🧼 and water 🫧

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May 2, 2023 4 tweets 3 min read
After 3 years of #COVID19 pandemic, essential health service disruptions are still reported but national health systems start showing the first major signs of health system recovery.

More info in WHO’s fourth pulse survey:
📌 bit.ly/3LL8h93 Picture taken in Armenia of... Persisting disruptions are due to both demand- & supply-side factors, incl.:
💢 low levels of health care-seeking in communities
💢 limited availability of health workers & medical products

📌 bit.ly/3LL8h93 Portrait of Jeremiah, Commu...