Assertion by Dr. Mike Ryan, Govt Director, WHO Well being Emergencies Program on the Yemen Excessive-Degree Guarantees Convention


(Thanks Mark, Shukran Dr. Al Rabeeah)

I’m talking at present on behalf of the WHO Director-Normal, Dr. Tedros, and Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Jap Mediterranean Area

Excellencies, distinguished delegates, women and gents, salam aleikum,

As everyone knows, Yemen is probably the most advanced humanitarian operation on this planet.

In truth, when Dr. Al-Mandhari, who can also be collaborating on this occasion, visited Yemen final yr, he noticed mother and father who have been determined to search out assist for his or her sick kids; An previous man died earlier than his eyes when docs tried to save lots of him, and he met the son of a health care provider who died of cholera whereas treating sufferers with the illness.

The state of affairs has worsened since then. However regardless of the whole lot, for the previous 5 years, WHO and our companions have supported the individuals of Yemen.

When the world’s largest cholera outbreak got here, collectively we reversed the cycle of the illness, defending greater than 10 million individuals. When measles threatened, collectively we vaccinated greater than 12 million kids.

When extreme acute malnutrition unfold, WHO and our associate MED-COM supported 80% of all therapeutic feeding facilities, saving 91% of all kids affected by medical issues. And as extra individuals face loss of life and illness, WHO and its companions assist 70% of all medical consultations within the nation.

And we did all of it due to your beneficiant assist.

However at present, COVID-19 has pushed Yemen to the restrict, with many frontline well being staff pissed off and heartbroken. In truth, a health care provider on the Kuwait Hospital in Sanaa not too long ago stated that he’s “exhausted by conflict and politics, exhausted by rumors and ignorance, and exhausted by greed and poverty.”

And but, regardless of huge limitations, this courageous and dedicated physician and others proceed to serve his individuals day-after-day.

And in addition WHO and our companions. We’ll proceed to equip, replace and broaden the variety of isolation facilities to 59 throughout the nation. We’ll proceed to ascertain and equip EOCs, coaching well being staff and fast response groups that can develop from over 300 to over 900 response groups within the coming weeks. We’ll proceed to coach communities and broaden testing, whereas guaranteeing the continuity of different important well being companies.

Final week alone, by means of the COVID Provide Chain Platform, WHO and WFP transported greater than 34,000 kilograms of medication and medical provides, together with greater than 6.5 tons of COVID-19 PPE and laboratory diagnostics for assist the useful laboratories that we’ve supported for the prognosis of COVID. This week we’re making ready one other spherical of greater than 7 tons of PPE and 18 tons of medicines to assist Yemen.

And we’ll proceed to do the whole lot we will to serve the individuals of Yemen, at the same time as COVID-19 breaks out. However we want an enormous enlargement of our COVID and non-COVID well being operations to assist a few of the world’s most weak populations.

We acknowledge that in a world the place everyone seems to be making an attempt to answer their very own well being disaster, sustaining vital assist for others is a problem. However on this international disaster we should acknowledge that there are communities and people who find themselves much more in danger and are much more weak.

We shall be judged on how we serve these with the least. We shall be judged by how we alleviate the struggling of those that endure most and we shall be judged by how we assist those that are defenseless.

We’d like peace for well being and if we’ve that peace, we could be profitable with our companions in offering well being for peace.

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