On World Health Day 2022, WHO focuses on climate change and its health consequences

Health and climate change: the two axes of World Health Day for WHO and PAHO WHO / PAHO
Health and climate change: the two axes of World Health Day for WHO and PAHO WHO / PAHO

In compliance with the provisions of art Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)depending on United Nations (UN)the The World Health Organization will focus World Health Day 2022 on global warming and how pollution affects the health of all inhabitants of the world. This is why this year’s motto is: “Our planet, our health“.

“In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet and rising diseases such as cancer, asthma and heart disease; And On World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and promote a movement a create societies focused on well-being “says the international organization in a statement announcing the activities that will take place on April 7th.

According to the estimates of the multilateral body, There are more than 13 million deaths a year worldwide due to preventable environmental causes.. Among these preventable events, WHO included the climate crisis, which it called “the greatest health threat humanity faces”. “The climate crisis is also a health crisis”He stressed.

For the WHO, the climate crisis is
For the WHO, the climate crisis is “the greatest threat to the health of humanity” (EFE)

It is for this reason that the WHO, as part of this April 7, has carried out “an urgent appeal “to world leaders and the general population to apply” urgent measures to preserve and protect health and mitigate the climate crisis as part of the “Our planet, our health” campaign which marks the foundation day of the organization, which falls at a time of heightened conflict and fragility “.

“The climate crisis is a health crisis: the same unsustainable decisions that are killing our planet are killing people, ”said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.. Who also assured that “we need transformative solutions to free the world from its dependence on fossil fuels, to reimagine economies and societies focused on well-being and to safeguard the health of the planet on which human health depends”.

What are the warnings of the WHO

In that tone, from the WHO they warned about poor air quality due to fuel combustion, which affects 99% of the world population; global warming which allows mosquitoes to spread the disease “farther and faster than ever”; in addition to “extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, soil degradation and water scarcity”, which cause the displacement of people and affect their health.

“The same unsustainable decisions that are killing our planet are killing people,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Fabrice Coffrini / Pool via REUTERS / File Photo

The pollution and plastic found at the bottom of our deepest oceans and in the highest mountains have made their way into our food chain and bloodstream.. Systems that produce highly processed and unhealthy foods and drinks are driving a wave of obesity, increasing cancer and heart disease, and generating up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions. This health and social crisis is compromising people’s ability to take control of their health and their lives. “

At the same time, they warned that the pandemic has exposed inequalities, for which they urged the creation of “sustainable and prosperous societies that do not exceed ecological limits”. “Our health and the health of our planet are inextricably linked and the need to focus on creating healthy societies on a healthy planet is becoming increasingly clear.They added.

A virtual conference with the support of WHO member countries

For World Health Day, WHO, together with the Pan American Health Organization, will carry out activities, which will be supported by the various Ministries of Health of the member countries of the international entity. And for this, A webinar will be held to publicize the Region’s vision, as well as particular stories from each nation on how they deal with this issue:

– From 9:00 to 9:05: Welcome words, Master of Ceremonies: Dr. Marcos Espinal, Director of Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health (PAHO).

– 9: 05-9: 15: Health, Environment and Climate Change in the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities: Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

– 9:15 am to 9:25 am: Healthier environments, healthier people: Dr. Jacqueline Álvarez, Director, United Nations Environment Program for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP).

– 9: 25-9: 35: Accelerating the transition in Honduras towards clean and healthy energy for all: Dr. José Manuel Matheu, Secretary of State at the Office of Health (Honduras).

– 9: 35-9: 45: Health and climate change in Argentina: Dr. Carla Vizzotti, Minister of Health (Argentina).

– 9:45 am to 9:55 am: Building Climate Resilient Health Systems in the Caribbean: Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Welfare (Jamaica).

– 9: 55-10: 10: Discussion. Short comments from the moderator and questions from the audience.

– 10: 10-10: 15: Closing: Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, Deputy Director of PAHO.

Carla Vizzotti will participate in the World Health Day event organized by WHO and PAHO
Carla Vizzotti will participate in the World Health Day event organized by WHO and PAHO

Timetables in other cities:

* 6:00 – Los Angeles, Vancouver

* 7:00 – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa

* 8:00 – Bogotá, Mexico City, Panama City, Kingston, Lima, Quito

* 9:00 pm – Asuncion, Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, La Paz, Nassau, Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Washington DC

* 22:00 – Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo, Paramaribo

* 15:00 – Geneva, Madrid

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