WHO appeals for $1.5bn to address crises from Gaza to Afghanistan – World

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday appealed for $1.5 billion in funding to reply to the well being wants of tens of millions of individuals caught up in dozens of humanitarian crises across the globe, from Ukraine and Gaza to Afghanistan.

“We goal to attain some 87 million folks with life-saving humanitarian help this yr,” mentioned WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“To do that, we want help totalling $1.5 billion, and we want this funding to arrive as early as doable and with as a lot flexibility as doable… A reactive method isn’t sufficient.”

Tedros mentioned an estimated 166 million folks would require well being help all over the world this yr, together with within the occupied Palestinian territories, Ukraine, Haiti and Sudan.

The well being emergency requiring essentially the most is happening within the occupied Palestinian Territories — and Gaza particularly — the place Israeli forces have carried out a relentless assault in opposition to the enclave in response to a lethal rampage by Hamas fighters in southern Israel on Oct 7.

The WHO mentioned it required $219 million to meet crucial wants there for a interval of three to six months, relying on the evolution of the battle.

The different two international well being emergencies requiring essentially the most funding are Covid and the state of affairs in Afghanistan, the place 23.7 million folks urgently want entry to clear water and sanitation, the WHO mentioned.

The resurgence of cholera across the globe, which Tedros mentioned was “particularly regarding”, requires funding of practically $50 million, whereas the WHO’s well being response in Ukraine wants $77 million.

“The price of inaction is one the world can not afford,” Tedros mentioned.

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