WHO / SUDAN TEDROS

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The World Health Organization’s (WHO) top official said, “conflict in Sudan is further exacerbating an already challenging health and hunger situation,” and it has “dramatically increased the number of people at highest risk of hunger – from 11.7 to 19.1 million people.” WHO

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DATELINE: 05 JULY 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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FILE - GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior WHO Headquarters

05 JULY 2023, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“I’m pleased that together with Gavi and UNICEF, WHO will shortly announce the allocation of 18 million doses of the RTS,S malaria vaccine to 12 countries in Africa.”
4. Wide shot, press conference
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Malaria remains one of Africa’s deadliest diseases, killing nearly half a million children under the age of 5 every year, and accounting for approximately 96 percent of global malaria deaths in 2021. As the first vaccine against malaria, the RTS,S vaccine has now been delivered to more than 1.6 million children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. It has been shown to be safe and effective, resulting in a substantial reduction in severe malaria and a fall in child deaths.”
6. Wide shot, press conference
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Katherine O’Brien, Director, Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization (WHO):
“I think it is really important to remember that nearly every minute a child dies of malaria and the introduction of a malaria vaccine as another tool, an additional tool in the tool-box to fight against the severe disease, the deaths that occur is a really essential step forward.”
8. Wide shot, press conference
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Katherine O’Brien, Director, Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Malaria vaccine is a real breakthrough in child health and child survival. It is the first vaccine for a parasite, and this is the thing that kills children in Africa and is the vaccine that is in such high demand, with many countries applying for this vaccine. So, this is a very positive news story, that the allocations are being made. The supply that we have is going out.”
10. Wide shot, press conference
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The climate crisis is now one of the major factors determining human health outcomes. El Niño, which has now been announced by the World Meteorological Organisation, together with global warming is already driving record temperatures.”
12. Wide shot, press conference
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Over the coming months, we expect a range of extreme weather events, including droughts, floods, hurricanes, and heatwaves, all of which harm human health.”
14. Wide shot, press conference
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This year, nearly 60 million people are food insecure across the greater Horn of Africa, which includes 7 countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.”
16. Wide shot, press conference
17. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“In Somalia, South Sudan, and parts of Kenya, WHO teams are seeing the highest levels of severely malnourished children arriving in health facilities since the crisis began 3 years ago.
Over 10 million children under 5 years are facing acute malnutrition in 2023.”
18. Wide shot, press conference
19. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Conflict in Sudan is further exacerbating an already challenging health and hunger situation.”
20. Wide shot, press conference
21. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The conflict has dramatically increased the number of people at highest risk of hunger – from 11.7 to 19.1 million people.”
22. Wide shot, press conference
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The ongoing violence, including attacks on health care workers, facilities, transportation and supplies, are preventing survivors of gender-based violence from accessing essential health services at a time when they need them most.”
24. Wide shot, press conference
25. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“I have also been deeply concerned about the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory where renewed violence has led to 12 deaths – including 5 children – hundreds of injuries and thousands of people displaced.”
26. Wide shot, press conference
27. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Across the occupied Palestinian territory, WHO has been using contingency funds for emergencies to train medical staff for mass casualty events and pre-positioning supplies to help health systems and health workers. WHO pledges to continue working with our partners to get medical supplies to those in need.”
28. Wide shot, press conference
29. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Our job is to support health systems and support health services in country, regardless of the conflict, but Tedros has said this again and again and again - when it comes to provision of health services in these situations, a conflict, an act of fighting, reduce access and attacks on healthcare further reduce that access. So, I think the plea from WHO is in all of these situations regardless of where they are in the world, we have to maintain safety and security of healthcare facilities. The safety and security paramedics and other frontline healthcare workers.”
30. Wide shot, press conference
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Based on reviews of recent evidence, WHO has released a new guideline on policies to protect children from the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages that are high in saturated fatty acids, trans fats, sugar and salt.”
32. Wide shot, press conference
33. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Considering this evidence, WHO now recommends that Governments should establish strong and comprehensive regulations as part of a comprehensive policy approach to create enabling and supportive food environments.”
34. Wide shot, press conference
35. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sylvie Briand, Director, Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We are monitoring very carefully H5N1 viruses not only in birds but also in other mammals. For example, more recently in cats, because some outbreaks have been reported in Europe in cats as well.”
36. Wide shot, press conference
37. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Sylvie Briand, Director, Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We are monitoring this. We have done an assessment of this virus in the last vaccine composition meeting, and we have secure seed viruses in different WHO Collaborating Centres and those viruses would be used if we need to develop vaccine, H5N1 vaccine.”
38. Wide shot, press conference
39. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“If there is one thing I would like to stress today is about Sudan, especially the situation in Darfur is very grave and serious atrocities committed against civilians and we call on the international community to give attention. From WHO's side we will do everything to help, of course.”
40. Wide shot, press conference

STORYLINE:

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) top official today (5 Jul) said, “conflict in Sudan is further exacerbating an already challenging health and hunger situation,” and it has “dramatically increased the number of people at highest risk of hunger – from 11.7 to 19.1 million people.”

The ongoing violence, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros said, includes “attacks on health care workers, facilities, transportation and supplies,” and is “preventing survivors of gender-based violence from accessing essential health services at a time when they need them most.”

Dr Tedros said that together with Gavi and UNICEF, “WHO will shortly announce the allocation of 18 million doses of the RTS,S malaria vaccine to 12 countries in Africa.”

Malaria, he said, “remains one of Africa’s deadliest diseases, killing nearly half a million children under the age of 5 every year, and accounting for approximately 96 percent of global malaria deaths in 2021.”

As the first vaccine against malaria, he added, “the RTS,S vaccine has now been delivered to more than 1.6 million children in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi” and “has been shown to be safe and effective, resulting in a substantial reduction in severe malaria and a fall in child deaths.”

Dr Katherine O’Brien, who is the Director for Immunization Vaccines and Biologicals at the WHO, said, “it is really important to remember that nearly every minute a child dies of malaria and the introduction of a malaria vaccine as another tool, an additional tool in the tool-box to fight against the severe disease, the deaths that occur is a really essential step forward.”

O’Brien said, “malaria vaccine is a real breakthrough in child health and child survival. It is the first vaccine for a parasite, and this is the thing that kills children in Africa and is the vaccine that is in such high demand, with many countries applying for this vaccine. So, this is a very positive news story, that the allocations are being made. The supply that we have is going out.”

Dr Tedros said, “the climate crisis is now one of the major factors determining human health outcomes. El Niño, which has now been announced by the World Meteorological Organisation, together with global warming is already driving record temperatures.”
He said, “over the coming months, we expect a range of extreme weather events, including droughts, floods, hurricanes, and heatwaves, all of which harm human health.”

This year, he noted, “nearly 60 million people are food insecure across the greater Horn of Africa, which includes 7 countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.”

In Somalia, South Sudan, and parts of Kenya, Tedros continued, “WHO teams are seeing the highest levels of severely malnourished children arriving in health facilities since the crisis began 3 years ago.”

He said, “Over 10 million children under 5 years are facing acute malnutrition in 2023.”

The WHO Director-General said, “I have also been deeply concerned about the situation in the occupied Palestinian territory where renewed violence has led to 12 deaths – including 5 children – hundreds of injuries and thousands of people displaced.”

Across the occupied Palestinian territory, he noted, “WHO has been using contingency funds for emergencies to train medical staff for mass casualty events and pre-positioning supplies to help health systems and health workers.”

The WHO’s Executive Director for Health Emergencies Programme, Dr Michael Ryan, said, “our job is to support health systems and support health services in country, regardless of the conflict, but Tedros has said this again and again and again - when it comes to provision of health services in these situations, a conflict, an act of fighting, reduce access and attacks on healthcare further reduce that access. So, I think the plea from WHO is in all of these situations regardless of where they are in the world, we have to maintain safety and security of healthcare facilities. The safety and security paramedics and other frontline healthcare workers.”

Tedros said, “based on reviews of recent evidence, WHO has released a new guideline on policies to protect children from the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic beverages that are high in saturated fatty acids, trans fats, sugar and salt.”

He said, “Considering this evidence, WHO now recommends that Governments should establish strong and comprehensive regulations as part of a comprehensive policy approach to create enabling and supportive food environments.”

For her part, WHO’s Director for Epidemic and Pandemic Preparedness and Prevention, Dr Sylvie Briand, said, “we are monitoring very carefully H5N1 viruses not only in birds but also in other mammals. For example, more recently in cats, because some outbreaks have been reported in Europe in cats as well.

Briand said, “we are monitoring this. We have done an assessment of this virus in the last vaccine composition meeting, and we have secure seed viruses in different WHO Collaborating Centres and those viruses would be used if we need to develop vaccine, H5N1 vaccine.”

Finally, “if there is one thing I would like to stress today is about Sudan, especially the situation in Darfur is very grave and serious atrocities committed against civilians and we call on the international community to give attention. From WHO's side we will do everything to help, of course.”
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