1 Speaking from Geneva, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said drought, conflict, climate change and rising prices for food, fuel and fertilizer are contributing to a lack of access to enough food.
3 “Hunger and malnutrition pose a direct threat to health, but they also weaken the body’s defenses and open the door to diseases such as pneumonia, measles and cholera,” he explained.
5 Many migrate in search of food, which can increase the risk of disease.
7 The agency is requesting $123.7 million to be used to prevent and control outbreaks, treat malnutrition, and provide essential health services as well as medicine.
8 Appeal for Tigray Tedros said the drought is aggravating the “man-made catastrophe” in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, where the war has raged for nearly two years.
10 As a result, they face multiple outbreaks of malaria, anthrax, cholera, diarrhea and other diseases.
11 “This unimaginable cruelty must end.
12 The only solution is peace,” Tedros said.
13 At the end of the briefing, he called for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray.
15 And I said it many months ago, maybe the reason is the skin color of the people in Tigray.” Ukraine’s nuclear readiness Also at the briefing: A senior WHO official underscored the agency’s readiness to respond to any potential nuclear incident in Ukraine.
18 “We are in constant communication with the IAEA and stand ready as a member of the UN system to react, if reaction is necessary,” said Dr. Ryan. “Obviously a nuclear accident would be catastrophic in the situation, for human life and for the environment, so we remain concerned about that.
19 Our IAEA colleagues guide us and we will continue to provide medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine.”