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Ahmed Al Mandhari said: "Hand hygiene is the most basic measure to prevent and control infection. It enhances the quality and safety of health care. However, despite global, regional and country efforts, hand hygiene is still poorly practised in many health care facilities," External link

who-emro Wednesday, May 5, 2021 1:47:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: "WHO welcomes the signing of this agreement that reflects the intent of both organizations to pursue collaborative aims based on our common goals, respective mandates, competencies and comparative advantages. This is in line with our regional vision of health for all by all, and our eagerness to build partnerships to advance universal health coverage based on the principles of primary health care," External link

who-emro Wednesday, May 5, 2021 9:13:00 AM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “COVID-19 vaccines are a safe and effective to end this pandemic. Under the regional vision of health for all by all, we want as many people as possible to have access to life-saving COVID-19 vaccines,” External link

who-emro Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:18:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “We need to start with those most exposed, like health care workers. We need to continue with those most at risk of severe disease, like the elderly. Ultimately, no one will be safe until everyone is safe,” “This is our goal during this critical time” External link

who-emro Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:18:00 PM CEST

Mamunur Malik explains: “While responding to the COVID-19 crisis, WHO is working to rebuild health systems in Somalia. In other words, while we provided oxygen cylinders, we are also making sure that the health care workers are adequately trained on their use, not only for COVID-19, but for other medical conditions too,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 28, 2021 12:06:00 PM CEST

Mamunur Malik said: “By updating the national malaria strategy, we have sharpened our focus on reducing the burden of malaria that Somali communities endure, one district at a time,” “Even though we have a long road ahead of us, we are redoubling efforts to ensure we draw a line under this disease. With evidence to drive our strategies, commitment from the Government and donors, and a renewed sense of hope after observing the positive journeys of countries who have managed to eliminate malaria recently, we are confident that we will make it” External link

who-emro Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

Dr Ali said: “While we have targeted 6 districts for malaria elimination, we continue to intensify our control efforts in the rest of the country. Our vector control efforts will help reduce the transmission of other vector-borne diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue fever,” External link

who-emro Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

Dr Ali said: “While we work on malaria control strategies, we are also training young Somalis, teachers and health workers to learn how to participate in community interventions, such as reducing the chances of mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water. With support from the Global Fund, we have been teaching people on site and also hold specific regular training to equip people with skills,” External link

who-emro Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

Fawziya Abikar said: “According to WHO, children under the age of 5 years in sub-Saharan Africa continued to account for approximately two thirds of global deaths from malaria. With continued support from our partners and communities’ renewed efforts, such as reducing ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes, the use of treated mosquito nets, and continuing research around vector control, we can take huge strides in malaria control,” External link

who-emro Sunday, April 25, 2021 4:07:00 PM CEST

Jeremy Hopkins said: “I would like to highlight the importance of health workers receiving the vaccine. They are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. It is a race against time to end the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinate people, and in this race, it is critical that as many safe and effective vaccines as possible are available for the health workers,” External link

who-emro Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:55:00 PM CEST

Jonathan R Cohen stated: “The United States is donating US$4 billion to support COVAX’s vital work. We are excited to see them deliver the first of millions of vaccines to Egypt tonight. This is the first of many deliveries that will help our strategic partner Egypt beat this epidemic” External link

who-emro Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:55:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: "Vaccines are one of the most effective public health interventions that have saved millions of lives over the years.This year, the importance of vaccination is clearer than ever. Safe and effective vaccines can be a game changer in the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic," External link

who-emro Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:03:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: "In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, weak health systems, conflict, social barriers, and vaccine hesitancy remain serious challenges to vaccination. We are determined to overcome them and promote science for the benefit of everyone," External link

who-emro Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:03:00 PM CEST

Yvan Hutin explained: “In addition to its positive impact on the health of every child who receives the vaccine, high vaccination coverage also protects the wider community,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Rana Hajjeh said: “With safe and potent vaccines available, no child should die or fall sick from diseases that can be prevented by those vaccines,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Immunization is one of the essential health services that should be maintained and prioritized during the COVID-19 pandemic,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Iman Shankiti said: “We are particularly concerned about overburdened hospital and health workforce capacity, shortages of medicines and medical supplies, and the public health impact of the chemical fumes, especially on people with underlying health conditions,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “In addition to its positive impact on child health، when immunization rates are high، we know the wider community is protected. The theme of this year’s campaign ‘Protected Together: Vaccines Work!’ reminds us of the importance of ensuring that everyone is provided with the life-saving benefits of vaccines to protect them against diseases,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “In broader partnership with civil society, community and immunization partners, together we can and must drive vaccination progress to reach more children, rolling out newer vaccines and expanding the benefits of vaccination across the life course. I urge you all to celebrate World Immunization Week 2019 with absolute commitment to ensure that everyone is protected from vaccine-preventable diseases and no one is left behind,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Dr Ali said: “We are delighted that the first batch of COVAX vaccines has arrived in Libya” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Najat Rochdi said: “With the emergence of new challenges due to the latest devastating event, the United Nations in Lebanon and partners have been mobilized to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the Lebanese people in support of the Government’s response to this tragedy. We are in this together, and we are committed to supporting Lebanon in this very difficult time,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “The rapid distribution and rollout of COVID-19 vaccines across the Region shows the commitment and efforts by countries, WHO and COVAX partners to use this unique tool available to protect populations,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Despite the impress progress, however, we still see unfair distribution. Some countries have enough vaccines to protect their populations many times over, while others face significant shortages. COVID-19 cannot be defeated one country at a time. I urge all manufacturers and countries to join forces to ensure sufficient doses of vaccines. Our work needs to be guided by the need to protect people, save lives and end the pandemic. Political games and selfishness will not help, because no one is safe, until everyone is safe,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “These attacks against health facilities and other civilian infrastructure are a grave and totally unacceptable development,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari added: “We are also deeply concerned about the people who have had to flee their homes and now have no access to basic health services. Over 150 000 people were displaced from northern Hama and southern Idleb in between 29 April and 4 May, doubling the total number of people displaced in the area in the last 3 months. Saving their lives is our main priority and this requires further strengthening available health services. What is of particular concern is the increasing risk for infectious disease outbreaks due to overcrowding in temporary settlements,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “In our Region, we are used to working with parliamentarians to achieve improved health outcomes. The WHO Regional Office has established partnerships for various health-related priorities, including reproductive and child health, road safety and tobacco control,” “This meeting marks the crystallization of a new partnership between the WHO Regional Office and parliamentarians in the Region, a partnership that has moved beyond single issues to consider the health and well-being of our people holistically” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Dr Hussain said: “Through His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's initiative to eradicate polio, we will continue to support Pakistan and Afghanistan to battle polio. In cooperation with the ministries of health, we commit to cooperating with all Member States,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Hamid Jafari said: “We are still reeling from the March-July pandemic-necessitated campaign suspension and its impact on the polio programme. Nearly 80 million vaccination opportunities were lost. But we are moving forward. Through this new Regional Subcommittee, we aim to make up lost ground and leverage the strong credibility that the polio programme has built through its vigorous support to COVID-19 response and back again to polio,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “The past year has been an exceptionally challenging time for us all. The pandemic has taken a dreadful toll on people in our Region and has further devastated health systems, economies and communities,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “We advise all countries in the Region to continue implementing and monitoring COVID-19 prevention and control measures. While news of an approved vaccine is welcome, it is still too early to celebrate in our Region, where millions have been infected, and tens of millions more remain at risk. An approved vaccine will be available only for the most vulnerable groups in the coming months, and it may be many more months after that before the rest of the population is vaccinated. During this critical time, it is up to each one of us to remain alert and practice the proven preventive measures that we know can protect us and our loved ones against COVID-19,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “The current situation makes the theme of the World Health Day and the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife even more relevant and meaningful as we acknowledge and pay tribute to all health workers. We need to ensure that all nurses and midwives operate in an environment where they are safe from harm, including those providing services in countries in emergency. And we need to ensure that they have access to a functioning health care service,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari stated: “If we do not strengthen the nursing and midwifery workforce, health care systems will be unable to provide efficient and quality care. Investing in nurses and midwives improves health, promotes gender equality and supports economic growth. On this World Health Day, as we acknowledge the critical contribution of nurses and midwives in improving health systems I call on Member States to accelerate efforts and invest in nurses and midwives to address the alarming shortage in this vital health workforce, which is compromising the efficiency and quality of health services in our Region,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Somalia is a key player when it comes to advancing the health agenda in the Region. In the past 5 years, the country has made key advances in eradicating polio, controlling measles and cholera, and reducing maternal mortality rates,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “During my visit, I met Somalis who have shown great resilience, despite the many challenges they have faced. I met children suffering from malnutrition, chronic diseases and other conditions being treated in clinics and facilities supported by WHO and partners. I also met front line health workers who are dedicated to helping their people no matter the difficulties — our job is to support them, so that they can continue to save lives everyday,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari noted: “Meeting with health authorities and UN partners at the federal level in Mogadishu and at the district level in Baidoa, it was clear that succeeding in our mission in Somalia could only be achieved through strong coordination and collaboration with all partners, not only in the health sector, but across all sectors at all levels,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Somalia is a wealthy country with a lot of potential — not only its history and natural resources — but also in its people. Leaders at national level, UN agencies, and health partners in Somalia are committed to working together to meet the expectations of the Somali people. I urge our donors to recognize the political will that has been demonstrated to ensure the well-being of all Somalis, and to invest in the future of Somalia through the health of its people,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Unhealthy diets are one of the key contributors to the burden of noncommunicable diseases in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, and rates of breastfeeding, which protects against obesity and noncommunicable diseases later in life, are low,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari stated: “Improving dietary habits is a societal, not just an individual problem, and is embedded in Sustainable Development Goal 2,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Africa still has an opportunity to reduce and slow down disease transmission. All countries must rapidly accelerate and scale up a comprehensive response to the pandemic, including an appropriate combination of proven public health and physical distancing measures. Within that process, Member States should target effective control of the outbreak, but plan for the worst,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “There is no biological reason for the startling differences in life chances for people in our Region. Inequalities in health are evident from the beginning of life: under-5 mortality ranges from 7 to 128 per 1000 live births, life expectancy ranges from 54 to 79 among men, and from 57 to 80 among women. Inequities in power, money and resources prevail. These are what we call the social determinants of health, and we need to address these to improve people’s health,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: "Health is a fundamental human right. Every person deserves to live a healthy life regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, economic situation or employment. Progress in tackling health disparities has been slow worldwide, including in the Region in which many countries are experiencing emergencies and conflict and we have the largest number of displaced people in the world," External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari added: "This report provides detailed analysis of inequities among and within countries of the Region and recommends fairer policies and actions to achieve health equity. I call on all our partners and stakeholders to take these recommendations forward and ensure that no one is left behind," External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Good hand hygiene practices are crucial to improve patient safety and is becoming the front line of defence for the health care team, including nurses and midwives. Now more than ever, the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign is vital – in our Region and all around the world – to promote hand hygiene and combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: "Communities across the continent have a crucial role to play in controlling the pandemic, especially as countries begin easing lockdowns and opening up their borders," External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Particularly in our Region, which is severely affected by emergencies, it is critical that women’s role and contribution in emergencies is recognized,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “We acknowledge the achievements made in the Region in fighting the tobacco epidemic. However, the low level of progress in some countries is indeed worrying,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “Helping people to quit can save them from dying prematurely from tobacco-related illnesses,” “It is therefore critical for governments to provide cessation services to help people protect their health and successfully quit using tobacco” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “It is important that all countries look seriously into strengthening implementation of the WHO FCTC and the 6 MPOWER measures to reduce the demand for tobacco,” “These have proven successful in many countries of the world, and will enable countries in this Region to achieve the target they have committed to – to reduce tobacco prevalence by 30% by 2025” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Yvan Hutin says: “After several days of intensive meetings and field visits both inside and outside Cairo, we see that Egypt is making substantial efforts to control COVID-19 outbreak. Significant work is being done, especially in the areas of early detection, laboratory testing, isolation, contact tracing and referral of patients,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Yvan Hutin adds: “Health officials and health workers are clearly working very hard and are committed to controlling this outbreak and saving lives. The fight against coronavirus in Egypt is ongoing, and we need everybody in the country to be engaged in this response. The right and timely public health measures implemented with the right scale can make a difference,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Tedros Adhanom said: “Declines in tobacco use amongst males mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Vinayak Prasad said: “Fewer people are using tobacco, which is a major step for global public health,” “But the work is not yet done. Without stepped up national action, the projected fall in tobacco use still won’t meet global reduction targets. We must never let up in the fight against Big Tobacco” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ruediger Krech said: “Reductions in global tobacco use demonstrate that when governments introduce and strengthen their comprehensive evidence-based actions, they can protect the well-being of their citizens and communities,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari says: “Smoking among young people is particularly worrying,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari explains: “By 2025, smoking is expected to rise in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, contrary to the trend in the rest of the world,” “This will lead to an escalating epidemic of lung disease regionally” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari says: “Policies are in place to help achieve this target,” “The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the MPOWER measures to reduce demand for this deadly product can help us beat tobacco and save lives” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “As we approach the Eid Al Adha feast, there is also increased risk of transmission as a result of social and religious mass gatherings. Any decision to restrict, modify, postpone, cancel, or proceed with holding a mass gathering should be based on a standardized risk assessment, and should be part of a comprehensive approach taken by authorities to respond to the pandemic,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: "It is crucial that we recognize the professionalism and dedication of health workers and invest greater resources to protect them from the occupational risks they face in the workplace. Months into this pandemic we still see countries facing challenges in procuring adequate personal protective equipment for health workers and increasing testing capacity, which is impeding early detection, isolation of cases and tracing of contacts. This is placing health workers at unnecessary risk of infection, especially as we know that a large number of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic," External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari noted: “Promoting hand hygiene and good IPC practices is vital to achieving UHC. On Global Hand Hygiene Day 2019, WHO calls on everyone to be inspired by the global movement to achieve UHC. Ensuring universal health coverage will result in better health and well-being for all people at all ages, including financial protection, access to quality essential health services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari says: “Infectious diseases such as COVID-19 know no borders. We have seen how a public health threat in one country can quickly affected entire regions and spread to become a global pandemic. This funding will help WHO intensify its efforts as it takes regional and global action to combat the spread of the disease,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

Ahmed Al Mandhari said: “While viral hepatitis remains a common public health threat in WHO’s African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions, it represents an opportunity for cross-regional collaboration. I am delighted to see Egypt expanding its successful initiative in eliminating hepatitis C to its continent. This is indeed a promising step towards our goal of health for all by all,” External link

who-emro Wednesday, April 14, 2021 11:59:00 PM CEST

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