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WHO Highlights Urgent Health Challenges for Next Decade

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The World Health Organisation has listed 13 health challenges that need urgent intervention from world government.

WHO stated that the list was developed with input from its experts around the world adding that it reflected a deep concern that leaders are failing to invest enough resources in core health priorities and systems.

According to the world health umbrella body, lives of millions of people, livelihoods and economies are in jeopardy, if the governments failed to address the challenges urgently.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General said: “We need to realize that health is an investment in the future. Countries invest heavily in protecting their people from terrorist attacks, but not against the attack of a virus, which could be far more deadly, and far more damaging economically and socially. A pandemic could bring economies and nations to their knees. Which is why health security cannot be a matter for ministries of health alone.

“All the challenges in this list demand a response from more than just the health sector. We face shared threats and we have a shared responsibility to act. With the deadline for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals quickly approaching, the United Nations General Assembly has underscored that the next 10 years must be the “decade of action”.

The challenges as listed by WHO as: “elevating health in the climate debate, delivering health in conflict and crisis, making health care fairer, expanding access to medicines, stopping infectious diseases, preparing for epidemics, protecting people from dangerous products, investing in the people who defend our health, keeping adolescents safe, earning public trust, harnessing new technologies, protecting the medicines that protect us, and keeping health care clean.”

WHO stressed that world government must unite to fight the health challenges in this decade as it noted that there are no shortcuts to achieving the goals.

“Governments, communities, and international agencies must work together to achieve these critical goals.

“There are no shortcuts to a healthier world. 2030 is fast approaching, and we must hold our leaders accountable for their commitments.”

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