WHO / UKRAINE ETHIOPIA UPDATE

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WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Russia, “for the sake of humanity,” to "come back to the table and to work for peace," adding that humanitarian corridors “must be established so that medical supplies, food and water can be delivered, and civilians can move to safety." WHO

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DATELINE: 13 APRIL 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, press briefing room
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Tomorrow marks 50 days since Russia invaded Ukraine. In that time, 4.6 million refugees have left the country. Thousands of civilians have died, including children. There have been 119 verified attacks on health care. Health services continue to be severely disrupted, particularly in the East of the country. For the sake of humanity, I urge Russia to come back to the table and to work for peace. In the meantime, humanitarian corridors must be established so that medical supplies, food and water can be delivered, and civilians can move to safety."
3. Wide shot, press briefing room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Mike Ryan, EXD, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
"So, there is always a higher risk that a conflict, ordinance and bombs can cause damage to infrastructure that may result in the release of chemicals or in the release of radiation. And those risk are higher in Ukraine than in many other countries because there is a very well-established chemical industry network and a very well-established nuclear industry. So there are always higher risks. We have been warning of this and preparing for this in support of IAEA in terms of the radiation and medicine emergency response plan but also looking at the possibility of response to chemical incidents and we have been doing training and various other supports to the authorities in Ukraine in preparation for such an event."
5. Wide shot, press briefing room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"In Tigray, Ethiopia, it is now three weeks since a truce was called after one of the longest blockades in modern history. There is a need for 100 trucks per day containing lifesaving supplies to Tigray. Since the truce, there should have been at least 2,000 trucks going into Tigray. But there has been only 20 trucks in total – representing one percent of the need. In effect the siege by the Ethiopian and Eritrean forces continues. To avert the humanitarian calamity and hundreds of thousands more people from dying, we need unfettered humanitarian access from those reinforcing the siege. As well as medicines, the immediate need is for food and fuel and other medical services to be allowed into the region."
7. Wide shot, press briefing room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"The whole attention to Ukraine is very important, of course, because it impacts the whole world, but even a fraction of it is not being given to Tigray, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and the rest, a fraction. And I need to be blunt and honest, the world is not treating the human race the same way, some are more equal than others. When I say this, it pains me because I see it. Very difficult to accept but it’s happening."
9. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

WHO’s chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Russia, “for the sake of humanity,” to "come back to the table and to work for peace," adding that humanitarian corridors “must be established so that medical supplies, food and water can be delivered, and civilians can move to safety."

Speaking to reporters today (13 Apr) in Geneva, Tedros said that Thursday (14 Apr) marks 50 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, “in that time, 4.6 million refugees have left the country. Thousands of civilians have died, including children. There have been 119 verified attacks on health care. Health services continue to be severely disrupted, particularly in the East of the country.”

WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan also briefed the reporters. He said, “there is always a higher risk that a conflict, ordinance and bombs can cause damage to infrastructure that may result in the release of chemicals or in the release of radiation. And those risk are higher in Ukraine than in many other countries because there is a very well-established chemical industry network and a very well-established nuclear industry.”

He continued, “so there are always higher risks,” adding that WHO has been “warning of this and preparing for this in support of IAEA in terms of the radiation and medicine emergency response plan but also looking at the possibility of response to chemical incidents and we have been doing training and various other supports to the authorities in Ukraine in preparation for an event."

On Tigray, Ethiopia, Tedros said, "it is now three weeks since a truce was called after one of the longest blockades in history. There is a need for 100 trucks per day containing lifesaving supplies to Tigray.”

He continued, “since the truce, there should have been at least 2,000 trucks going into Tigray. But there has been only 20 trucks in total – representing one percent of the need. In effect the siege by the Ethiopian and Eritrean forces continues.”

“To avert the humanitarian calamity and hundreds of thousands more people from dying, we need unfettered humanitarian access from those reinforcing the siege. As well as medicines, the immediate need is for food and fuel to be allowed into the region,” the WHO’s chief reiterated.

Tedros also said, "the whole attention to Ukraine is very important, of course, because it impacts the whole world, but even a fraction of it is not being given to Tigray, Yemen, Afghanistan, Syria and the rest, a fraction.”

He said, “I need to be blunt and honest, the world is not treating the human race the same way, some are more equal than others. When I say this, it pains me because I see it. Very difficult to accept but it’s happening."
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