World Health Day 2022: WHO’s appeal

World Health Day is celebrated on April 7, which coincides with the day we commemorate the 74th anniversary of the start of the activity of the World Health Organization, the United Nations agency. The theme chosen for the 2022 edition of the anniversary is “Our Planet, Our Health” (“Our Planet, Our Health”). The WHO has launched an urgent appeal to all world leaders and citizens to act together “to preserve and protect health” by taking care of the planet as soon as possible.

WHO’s call for World Health Day 2022

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“In the midst of a pandemic, with a polluted planet, with an increase in diseases such as cancer, asthma, heart disease – emphasizes the WHO – on World Health Day 2022 we will focus the global attention to the urgent actions needed to keep people and the planet healthy and promoting a movement to create a well-being-centered society.” The World Health Organization estimates that more than 13 million deaths in the world each year are due to preventable environmental causes, including the climate crisis, defined as “the greatest threat to the health of humanity”.

WHO: 9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air

The UN agency also points out that despite major improvements in sanitation and hygiene in recent decades, air and water pollution continue to be “urgent threats to health. public”. According to WHO estimates, 9 out of 10 people breathe polluted air, and air pollution from fossil fuels kills 7 million people every year, or 13 every minute, from lung cancer, heart disease and stroke; while 2 billion people lack safe drinking water due to polluted lakes, rivers or aquifers, and 3.6 billion lack safe sanitation facilities. In addition, approximately 829,000 people around the world die each year from diarrheal diseases caused by polluted water and poor sanitation.

“The climate crisis is a health crisis”

As mentioned, World Health Day 2022 is in particular an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the “climate crisis which is a health crisis”.
“The same unsustainable choices that are killing our planet are killing people,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “We need solutions to rid the world of its dependence on fossil fuels, to reinvent economies and societies that focus on well-being, and to preserve the health of the planet on which human health depends.”

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