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World Health Organization (WHO) warns of disease threat amid drought in Horn of Africa

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  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 The affected countries are Djibouti Ethiopia Kenya Somalia South Sudan Sudan and Uganda 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 Tedros said the crisis is forcing some people to choose between paying for food and medical care Many migrate in search of food which can increase the risk of disease WHO has provided more than 16 million of an emergency fund to meet the needs but more support is needed 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 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 Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces he said cut off from the outside world with no telecommunications no banking and very limited electricity and fuel As a result they face multiple outbreaks of malaria anthrax cholera diarrhea and other diseases This unimaginable cruelty must end The only solution is peace Tedros said At the end of the briefing he called for greater global attention to the situation in Tigray I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is more than in Ukraine without exaggeration 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 Dr Michael Ryan CEO was responding to a journalist s question about the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant The WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war he said including through the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA 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 Our IAEA colleagues guide us and we will continue to provide medical response support to them and to the Government of Ukraine
World Health Organization (WHO) warns of disease threat amid drought in Horn of Africa

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.

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2 The affected countries are Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

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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.

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4 Tedros said the crisis is forcing some people to choose between paying for food and medical care.

5 Many migrate in search of food, which can increase the risk of disease.

6 WHO has provided more than $16 million of an emergency fund to meet the needs, but more support is needed.

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.

9 Some six million people are under siege by Ethiopian and Eritrean forces, he said, “cut off from the outside world, with no telecommunications, no banking, and very limited electricity and fuel.”

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.

14 “I can tell you that the humanitarian crisis in Tigray is more than (in) Ukraine, without exaggeration.

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.

16 Dr. Michael Ryan, CEO, was responding to a journalist’s question about the deteriorating situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

17 The WHO has been involved with the Ukrainian authorities since the beginning of the war, he said, including through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

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.”

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