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WHO staff member killed in Gaza
Geneva/Cairo/Jerusalem-With heavy hearts, WHO announces the death of one of our staff in Gaza, in the occupied Palestinian territory. Dima Abdullatif Mohammed Alhaj, 29 years old, had been with WHO since December 2019. She workedas a patientadministrator at the Limb Reconstruction Centre, a critical part of the WHO Trauma and Emergency Team.
Dima died today when her parents’ house in southern Gaza—where she had evacuated to from Gaza City—was bombed. She was tragically killed alongside her husband, their six-month old baby boy, and her two brothers. Reportedly, over 50 family and community members sheltering in the same house also died.
Dima had a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Earth Sciences from the Islamic University of Gaza, and continued to study and work on environmental issues and health. She was a master’s student at Glasgow University, Scotland, UK, as part of the Erasmus exchange program from 2018-2019.
On Women’s Day 2022, Dima said in a WHO social mediapost that she was proud of her work because “it contributes to giving people hope and a new lease on life.”
Dr Rik Peeperkorn, the WHO representative in the occupied Palestinian territory said “she was a wonderful person with a radiant smile, cheerful, positive, respectful. She was a true team player. Her work was crucial, and she had been requested to take on even more responsibilities to support the Gaza suboffice and team. This is such a painful loss for all of us. We share our deepest condolences with her mother and father (a long-serving medical specialist in Gaza), her family, and her many friends.”
The humanitarian community and UN family have lost other members since 7 October. MSF today lost two doctors.UNRWA has lost 108 colleagues. These are not just numbers, but people who were working so that others could have a better life.
The death of Dima and her family is another example of the senseless loss in this conflict. Civilians have died in their homes, at their workplaces, while evacuating, while sheltering in schools, while being cared for in hospitals.
When will it stop?
We plead again with all those who hold in their hands the power to end this conflict to do so.
All of the WHO stands alongside Dima’s family and colleagues in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, and across the organization to mourn her loss.
Friday, 10 November 2023
WHO Director-General's remarks at the Emergency Meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory– 10 November 2023
Mr President, Excellencies, Thank you for this opportunity to brief you on the health situation in Gaza.
Let me be clear from the outset that I fully understand the anger, grief and fear of the Israeli people following the horrific, barbaric and unjustifiable attacks by Hamas and other armed groups on Israeli civilians on the 7thof October.
The killing of 1,400 people, and injuries to more than 7,200 others, is bad enough. For the survivors and families of victims, the mental health consequences will endure for a long time to come.
WHO is gravely concerned for the health and well-being of Israeli hostages in Gaza, many of whom are older people, children and those with urgent medical needs.
Two weeks ago, I spoke with families of hostages, and I will meet them in Geneva next week. I feel their heartache and fear.
I also understand the anger, grief and fear of the people of Gaza, who had already suffered through 16 years of blockade, and are now enduring the destruction of their families, their homes, their communities and the life they knew.
The situation on the ground is impossible to describe.
Hospital corridors crammed with the injured, the sick, the dying;
Surgery without anaesthesia;
Tens of thousands of displaced people sheltering at hospitals;
Families crammed into overcrowded schools, desperate for food and water.
More than 10,800 people have now been killed in Gaza, almost 70% of them women and children.
On average, a child is killed every 10 minutes in Gaza.
1.5 million people have been displaced, and are looking for shelter anywhere they can find it. But nowhere and no-one is safe.
As more and more people move to a smaller and smaller space, overcrowding is increasing the risks of outbreaks of diarrheal and respiratory disease and skin infections.
WHO is on the ground in Gaza, alongside our partners, to support health workers, who are physically and mentally exhausted and are doing their best in unimaginable conditions.
In addition to caring for the 27 thousand people who are wounded, many of them with life-threatening injuries, they are trying to manage the regular health needs of more than 2 million people.
More than 180 women give birth in Gaza every day.
There are 9 thousand patients on cancer therapy.
And there are 350 thousand patients with diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
I visited the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza in 2018. I toured a dialysis ward and a neonatal intensive care unit, and spoke with health workers and patients.
Even then, conditions were extremely difficult for health workers.
Now their work is impossible, and they are directly in the firing line.
Since the 7thof October, WHO has verified more than 250 attacks on health care in Gaza and the West Bank, in addition to 25 attacks on health care in Israel – hospitals, clinics, patients, ambulances.
Last week, WHO documented 5 attacks on 5 hospitals in one day.
In the past 48 hours alone, four hospitals have been put out of action, representing some 430 beds.
More than 100 of our UN colleagues have been killed.
And as we speak, there are reports of firing outside the Al-Shifa and Rantisi hospitals.
Half of the Gaza Strip’s 36 hospitals and two-thirds of its primary health care centres are not functioning at all. Those that are functioning are operating way beyond their capacities. The health system is on its knees, and yet somehow is continuing to deliver lifesaving care.
The best way to support those health workers and the people they serve is by giving them the tools they need to deliver that care – medicines, medical equipment and fuel for hospital generators.
Field hospitals and emergency medical teams can complement and support existing hospitals and health workers in Gaza, but they cannot replace them.
Supporting Gaza’s health workers is at the heart of WHO’s operational response plan.
WHO was part of the first convoy of aid to enter Gaza through the Rafah crossing on the 21stof October, and since then we have delivered 63 metric tonnes of specialist medical equipment and supplies that health workers need to save lives, including to hospitals north of Wadi Gaza.
But this doesn’t even begin to address the scale of need.
Before the 7thof October, an average of 500 trucks a day were crossing into Gaza with essential supplies.
Since the 21stof October, instead of the expected 10,000 trucks, just 650 have entered.
A month ago, just two days after the violence started, I met with His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi of Egypt, who agreed to support WHO and our partners to deliver aid through the Rafah crossing.
I thank Egypt for its support in getting aid into Gaza, and for establishing a medivac pathway to get the most critically sick and wounded patients out, including 12 children with cancer who are being transferred for treatment in Egypt and Jordan.
WHO continues to call for unfettered access to deliver humanitarian aid to the civilians of Gaza, who are not responsible for this violence, but are suffering in ways that we in this room cannot imagine.
We continue to call on Hamas to release the hostages it took, many of whom need urgent medical attention.
We continue to call on Israel to restore supplies of electricity, water and fuel.
We continue to call on both sides to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.
And we continue to call for a ceasefire, to prevent further deaths of civilians and further damage to Gaza’s hospitals and health facilities.
I understand what the children of Gaza must be going through, because as a child, I went through the same thing.
The sound of gunfire and shells whistling through the air; the smell of smoke after they struck; tracer bullets in the night sky; the fear; the pain; the loss – these things have stayed with me throughout my life.
When my mother heard gunfire at night, she would make us sleep under the bed, with more mattresses on top of the bed, in the hope we might be protected if a shell fell on our house.
I also understand what the parents of Gaza are going through, because in 1998, when war returned to Ethiopia, my children had to hide in a bunker to shelter from the bombardment.
I experienced war both as a child and as a parent.
The children and parents of Gaza and Israel want and need the same thing that my family wanted and needed: peace and security.
That is what this council was established to achieve.
But this crisis underlines once again the need for reform of the Security Council.
It has long been my view that the Security Council no longer serves the purpose for which it was established.
It represents the realpolitik of the Second World War, not the 21stcentury.
As a Foreign Minister, I was part of a group working on reform of the Security Council. I am dismayed that no progress has been made.
To remain credible, relevant, and a force for peace in our world, Member States, especially the P5, must take seriously the need to reform the Security Council.
I thank you.
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Updated risk rates for hospital admission in patients with non-severe COVID-19
The guidance includes updated risk rates for hospital admission in patients with non-severe COVID-19.
The current COVID-19 virus variants tend to cause less severe disease while immunity levels are higher due to vaccination, leading to lower risks of severe illness and death for most patients.
This update includes new baseline risk estimates for hospital admission in patients with non-severe COVID-19. The new ‘moderate risk’ category now includes people previously considered to be high risk including older people and/or those with chronic conditions, disabilities, and comorbidities of chronic disease. The updated risk estimates will assist healthcare professionals to identify individuals at high, moderate or low risk of hospital admission, and to tailor treatment according to WHO guidelines:
Review of COVID-19 treatments for people with non-severe COVID-19
WHO continues to strongly recommend nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (also known by its brand name ‘Paxlovid’) for people at high-risk and moderate risk of hospitalization. The recommendations state that nirmatrelvir-ritonavir is considered the best choice for most eligible patients, given its therapeutic benefits, ease of administration and fewer concerns about potential harms. Nirmatrelvir-ritonavir was first recommended by WHO in April 2022.
If nirmatrelvir-ritonavir is not available to patients at high-risk of hospitalization, WHO suggests the use of molnupiravir or remdesivir instead.
WHO suggests against the use of molnupiravir and remdesivir for patients at moderate risk, judging the potential harms to outweigh the limited benefits in patients at moderate risk of hospital admission.
For people at low risk of hospitalization, WHO does not recommend any antiviral therapy. Symptoms like fever and pain can continue to be managed with analgesics like paracetamol.
WHO also recommends against use of a new antiviral (VV116) for patients, except in clinical trials.
The update also includes a strong recommendation against the use of ivermectin for patients with non-severe COVID-19. WHO continues to advise that in patients with severe or critical COVID-19, ivermectin should only be used in clinical trials.
The Houston Walk to end Alzheimer's disease 2023 will take place at the campus of the University of Houston on Saturday, November 4th. This annual event aims to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease, support cutting-edge research, and promote education about the condition. By participating in the walk, individuals can make a difference in the lives of those affected by this challenging disease.
The walk serves as a platform to rally the community and raise funds to support vital programs and services for individuals who are living with Alzheimer's, as well as their families and caregivers. It is an opportunity to join the fight against Alzheimer's and make a meaningful impact in advancing research and finding a cure. The event will not only bring people together but also provide an avenue for sharing stories, offering support, and fostering hope for a future free from the burden of Alzheimer's disease.The event begins at 8 am .
Houston Run mobilized many teams to participate in the 2023 event at Sam Houston Park .
WHO welcomes decision by Egypt to receive patients from Gaza Strip
1 November 2023 –The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes Egypt’s decision to accept 81 injured and sick people from the Gaza Strip for treatment.
WHO has been working to support the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population in planning and establishing a comprehensive triage, stabilization, and medical evacuation system, by providing ongoing training for health care staff. WHO is also working with the Egyptian Red Crescent Society to ensure that psychological trauma support services are available to patients.
Our experts have visited Al-Arish, visited medical evacuation facilities and met with medical staff and ambulance paramedics who received advanced life support training. There are 65 ambulances equipped with full resuscitation and life support capabilities. Thirteen of the ambulance teams include trained emergency doctors in addition to paramedics with advanced life support training.
Al-Arish Hospital will be the main first referral hospital. It has fully equipped resuscitation and intensive care facilities, and a range of surgical teams to manage severe injuries, including major trauma and burns. Onward referral arrangements to second-line hospitals in Egypt are also in place.
Thousands more people inside the Gaza Strip continue to need access to urgent and essential health services amid shortages of medicines, health supplies and other aid such as fuel, water and food. Those in serious need include thousands of seriously injured civilians (many of them children); more than 1000 people who need kidney dialysis to stay alive; more than 2000 patients on cancer therapy; 45 000 people with cardiovascular diseases; and more than 60 000 people with diabetes. These patients must be able to have sustained access to health care inside Gaza. Hospitals and other health facilities must be protected from bombardment and military use.
Before 7 October 2023, around 100 patients each day needed to access specialized health care services outside the Gaza Strip because of the lack of needed, specialized health services inside Gaza.
WHO calls for urgent, accelerated access for humanitarian aid – including fuel, water, food and medical supplies – into and throughout the Gaza Strip, and access for patients to referral services outside Gaza. Ultimately, WHO calls for a humanitarian ceasefire to prevent further loss and suffering.
CDC issues new recommendations for testing infants and children born to pregnant people with hepatitis C
Multi-Country Funding Appeal: occupied Palestinian territory and Egypt, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic and Jordan
Since 7 October 2023, the escalating crisis in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory has caused large numbers of civilian deaths and injuries.
In the Gaza Strip, airstrikes and a lack of medical supplies, food, water and fuel have virtually depleted an already under-resourced health system. Hospitals have been operating far beyond capacity due to rising numbers of patients as well as displaced civilians seeking shelter. The provision of essential health services – from maternal and newborn care to treatment for chronic conditions – has been severely compromised.
The recent escalation of hostilities in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) is taking a heavy toll on civilians. Thousands have been killed or injured, and over 1.4 million people have been displaced. There have been 171 attacks on health care in oPt leading to 493 deaths and 387 injuries, with 56 attacks impacting health facilities and 130 impacting health personnel, as of 24 October 2023. The health system is on the verge of collapse and dwindling access to health services, clean water, food and fuel on top of an already weakened healthcare system risks further loss of civilian life. Massive displacement to shelters with inadequate resources will result in disease outbreaks. The escalation of hostilities has already spread to the West Bank, East Jerusalem, the Lebanon Israel border and Syrian Arab Republic, with a risk of spilling over to other countries in the region, including Jordan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Iraq.
WHO urgently needs an estimated US$80 million to respond to the humanitarian needs in oPt, particularly in Gaza, and to undertake contingency planning for Egypt, Lebanon, Syrian Arab Republic and Jordan through the end of 2023. WHO will scale-up trauma and emergency care services, maintain access to essential health services and treatment of chronic conditions, establish disease surveillance and outbreak control measures (especially in displacement sites), and ensure coordination including through the work of the Health Cluster
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Shock, grief and the challenge of healing: Israel’s health system responds to the October attacks
Dr Michel Thieren, WHO Special Representative in Israel, spent almost 2 weeks travelling across the country to see how the health system is responding in the aftermath of the attacks led by Hamas on 7 October. This is his account of what he saw and heard.Note: Some readers may find the content of this article distressing.
More than 2 weeks after the attacks in Israel that left 1400 people dead and over 4600 wounded, health-care providers there continue working around the clock to respond to the enormous needs of their patients.
Immediately after the attacks on 7 October, WHO Regional Director for Europe Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge offered WHO’s support, under the Organization’s humanitarian mandate, to the health response led by the Israeli Ministry of Health. The Ministry responded that, at the time, the health system was coping, but that it would not hesitate to ask if assistance was needed.
So far, 8 attacks on health care and medical facilities in Israel have been recorded through WHO’s surveillance system of attacks on health care, with 7 deaths attributed to these.
WHO Special Representative in Israel Dr Michel Thieren has been reviewing the health response on multiple fronts, visiting hospitals, listening to the injured, talking to displaced people, touring destroyed and deserted towns and villages, and observing the intricate, highly challenging work of forensic investigators who have yet to formally identify almost half of those who died.
Among the sites Dr Thieren visited is a hospital in the coastal city of Ashkelon that is treating many of the injured.
“What is so striking is that almost all the people I spoke to, the vast majority of them with severe injuries from gun shots, shrapnel and burns, did not want to talk about themselves at all but about the people they had seen die in front of them,” said Dr Thieren.
“Almost every one of those survivors had seen someone else die before they themselves were injured. They are absolutely haunted by this. It is dominant in their thoughts. So many need urgent mental health support.”
In addition to the dead or injured, over 200 Israeli hostages remain in captivity, including women, children and older people, with many reportedly suffering from pre-existing health conditions requiring continuity of care. WHO and United Nations partners have repeatedly called for their immediate and unconditional release.
“The fact that so many Israelis are still being held hostage by Hamas means that there is no chance for the wider public to begin the healing process,” observed Dr Thieren, who has spoken to relatives of many of the abducted Israelis.
“It is on their minds 24 hours a day. It has added to the collective psychological burden witnessed nationwide, triggering an acute need for mental health services.”
Dr Thieren said he listened to several doctors and nurses treating the injured who shared that they, too, were finding their mental health affected by the stories they were hearing from survivors and the wounds they were treating.
“From what I am seeing, mental health problems appear to be rapidly spreading among the country’s population. The human suffering is immense. People just don’t feel safe anymore, and this is a complete change in their recent history.”
Dr Thieren also visited several military bases where the bodies of many of the victims of the attacks are stored in refrigerated containers.
“Doctors and forensic experts are still working to identify the bodies. They are all wrapped in plastic bags. There are obviously adult bodies and children’s bodies, but the vast majority of bags are misshapen. Despite Israel having some of the best forensic doctors in the world, only 700 – barely half of the 1400 victims – have been positively identified so far. This, of course, is incredibly impactful on those that are doing this necessary work,” he explained.
“I have visited ghost towns in the south whose populations have been evacuated. There is still the terrible stench of death. I have listened to so many people telling their stories. Survivors, the injured, psychiatrists, doctors, first responders and soldiers – all their accounts are horrific. The shadow of national shock and grief has plunged this country into night. When mental health perishes, so does physical health.”
In his role as WHO Special Representative, Dr Thieren also met with a number of public and official figures to gauge their views on the health needs at this time, and to express WHO’s solidarity with all civilians and health workers, everywhere.
Conflict and mental health
A WHO review of 129 studies in 39 countries, published in 2022, shows that among people who experienced war or other conflict in the previous 10 years, 1 in 5 (22%) have depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.
“The sad truth is that in any conflict, it is civilians and humanitarians who end up bearing the brunt,” noted Dr Gerald Rockenschaub, WHO Regional Emergency Director for Europe.
“Amid a number of ongoing conflicts in the WHO European Region and globally, WHO stresses that civilians and health workers must never be a target, anywhere. Violence, deaths, injury, displacement – all of these contribute to significant, long-term challenges that health systems are hard-pressed to respond to adequately.”
Dr Rockenschaub added, “Only an end to the ongoing violence, including through the immediate release of all hostages, can begin to help alleviate the human suffering of those affected.”
WHO’s guidelines on mental health care amid emergencies
WHO’s guidelines for responding to urgent mental health needs in emergency situations at a number of levels, from basic services to clinical care, include the following:
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Needed aid Trucks bound for Gaza are using the Open Farrah Crossing through Egypt to deliver medicines , food and Supplies .
WHO IS DR NTUBA , THOMPSON AKWO?
Dr. Ntuba Akwo Thompson is a global health professional and an expert in the field of health and development.He is a physician, politician, preacher and publisher[editor] who has been actively involved in global health and development work in Texas USA and multiple contients and countries , particularly during the challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic1.He has served as a former senior staff medical officer at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, former deputy chief medical officer at St Francis Poly Clinic, former Director of Bethel health foundation, and National chairman for health among elites in a regional or state civil society nonprofit who advised a government through the office of prime minister and president to strengthen the health system of the nation by addressing health human resource shortages with the opening of a medical school in Buea university, increases in budgetary allocation in the national budget for health, improve infrastructure, better communication or health information services for information, education and communication, improved quality of health service delivery and prioritization of health issues2.
Dr.Thompson Akwo Ntuba is also known for his work on addiction and recovery1.He has conducted interviews on drug courts and has been an advocate for risk communication and community engagement during crises such as pandemics1. Dr Ntuba Akwo Hs worked in Washington DC, New York , Baltimore , Tulsa Oklahaoma , San Antonio , and Many USA cities .
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“The World Council of Churches (WCC) appeals once again urgently for an immediate cessation of this deadly violence, and for Hamas to cease their attacks. We urgently ask both parties for de-escalation of the situation,” said WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay. “We are deeply concerned about the conflict between Israel and Palestinian armed groups, and of the inevitably tragic consequences for the people of the region – Israelis and Palestinians alike – following a period of escalating tensions and violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem.”
The World Council of Churches joined the statement by the Patriarchs and Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem on 13 October, which urged immediate actions to address the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The situation at the Gaza strip is unbearable without access to water, food, medical support, and electricity.
Pillay said in a statement on Sunday: “We call upon the State of Israel with the support of the international community, to allow humanitarian support to enter Gaza so millions of innocent civilians, including many children, may receive medical treatment and basic supplies.”
Pillay underlined the urgent need to act. “Moreover, we call on all parties to de-escalate this war in order to save innocent lives while serving the cause of justice.”
The Anglican Arab Ahli hospital in Gaza was hit Saturday evening by Israeli strikes. Two floors were partially damaged and four people were injured.
Pillay called on respect for international law—including the Geneva Convention—international humanitarian law, and human rights to be respected and upheld to protect all civilians and for the immediate release of all hostages held in Gaza.
Pillay concluded: “We call on all leaders to work for just peace in the Holy Land. Only justice will lead to peace, safety, and security for all.“
WCC invitesall member churches and people of good will to join the call from the Jerusalem Heads of Churches to observe a Day of Prayer and Fasting on 17 October.
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14 October 2023 -- As the United Nation’s agency responsible for public health, the World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemns Israel's repeated orders for the evacuation of 22 hospitals treating more than 2000 inpatients in northern Gaza. The forced evacuation of patients and health workers will further worsen the current humanitarian and public health catastrophe.
The lives of many critically ill and fragile patients hang in the balance: those in intensive care or who rely on life support; patients undergoing hemodialysis; newborns in incubators; women with complications of pregnancy, and others all face imminent deterioration of their condition or death if they are forced to move and are cut off from life-saving medical attention while being evacuated.
Health facilities in northern Gaza continue to receive an influx of injured patients and are struggling to operate beyond maximum capacity. Some patients are being treated in corridors and outdoors in surrounding streets due to a lack of hospital beds.
Forcing more than 2000 patients to relocate to southern Gaza, where health facilities are already running at maximum capacity and unable to absorb a dramatic rise in the number patients, could be tantamount to a death sentence.
Hospital directors and health workers are now facing an agonizing choice: abandon critically ill patients amid a bombing campaign, put their own lives at risk while remaining on site to treat patients, or endanger their patients’ lives while attempting to transport them to facilities that have no capacity to receive them. Overwhelmingly, care givers have chosen to stay behind, and honour their oaths as health professionals to “do no harm,” rather than risk moving their critically ill patients during evacuations. Health workers should never have to make such impossible choices.
Additionally, tens of thousands of displaced people in northern Gaza are seeking refuge in open spaces in or around hospitals, treating them as havens from violence as well as to protect the facilities from potential attacks. Their lives, too, are at risk when health facilities are bombed.
There are verified reportsof deaths of health care workers and destruction of health facilities, which denies civilians the basic human right of life-saving health care and is prohibited under International Humanitarian Law.
WHO calls for Israel to immediately reverse evacuation orders to hospitals in northern Gaza, and calls for the protection of health facilities, health workers, patients, and civilians. WHO also reiterates its calls for the immediate and safe delivery of medical supplies, fuel, clean water, food, and other humanitarian aid into Gaza through the Rafah crossing, where life-saving assistance – including WHO health supplies that arrived earlier today – is currently awaiting entry.
The World Council of Churches (WCC), in the aftermath of brutal violence where thousands of innocent civilians lost their lives, is calling for a new approach to resolve the conflict in the Holy Land. “The horrific situation today in Israeli and Palestine, leaving so many dead, thousands injured, many families either displaced or living in shelters, and hundreds held in captivity and prisons is exactly what we all feared would happen,” said WCC general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Jerry Pillay. “It is now thirty years since the Oslo agreement was signed. In the meantime, the number of settlements has grown to at least 250 with 800,000 people.”
Instead of peace, Pillay said, we witness more violence, displacement, and war.
“The international community must acknowledge the need for a new approach with an end goal of just coexistence,” Pillay urged. “The peace process has failed both peoples, Palestinians and Israelis alike.”
He called for a fresh approach.
"History has taught us that exploitative agreements that create a semblance of peace do not stand the test of time and lead to bloodshed the type we are witnessing right now,” he said. “The Jerusalem Heads of Churches, during the last one year or so, have issued no less than 12 statements calling for an approach based on justice and cautioning that tampering with the religious and historical status quo especially in Jerusalem would lead to violence.”
“Our call is the establishment of clarity regarding a future built on justice instead of military power, where International Law is applied consistently without partiality,” he added. “We must reimagine sustainable peace for the region, peace that can withstand the test of time,” he said. “At the core of such peace is equality and justice. We hope and pray that our call will be heeded; and that Palestinians, Israelis, and the entire Middle East find a new path to peace."
Jerusalem, 12 October 2023 -WHO warns that the health system in the Gaza Strip is at a breaking point. Time is running out to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe if fuel and life-saving health and humanitarian supplies cannot be urgently delivered to the Gaza Strip amidst the complete blockade.
Hospitals have only a few hours of electricity each day as they are forced to ration depleting fuel reserves and rely on generators to sustain the most critical functions.Even these functions wil lhave to cease in a few days, when fuel stocks are due torun out.The impact would be devastating for the most vulnerable patients,including the injured who need life saving surgery,patients in intensive care units,and new borns depending on care in incubators.
As injuries and fatalities continue to rise due to the ongoing air, land, and naval strikes on the Gaza Strip, acute shortages of medical supplies are compounding the crisis, limiting the response capacity of already overstretched hospitals to treat the sick and injured.
The situation has also gravely disrupted the delivery of essential health services,including obstetric care, management of non communicable diseases such as cancer and heart diseases, and treatment of common infections,as all health facilitiesare forced to prioritize life saving emergency care.
Access for emergency medical teams in the field is severely hampered by infrastructure damage.WHO has documented 34 attacks on health care in Gaza since last Saturday that have resulted in the death of 11 health workers on duty, 16 injuries, and damages to 19 health facilities and 20 ambulances.
Without the immediate entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza —especially health services, medical supplies, food, clean water, fuel, and non-food items —humanitarian and health partners will be unable to respond to urgent needs of peoplewho desperately need it. Each lost hour puts more lives at risk.
WHO calls for an end to hostilities and the protection of health care and civilians against attacks.WHO also calls for the immediate opening of a humanitarian corridor to ensure unimpeded access for health and humanitarian supplies,as well as for personnel,andthe evacuation of patients and the injured.WHO further reiterates its call for the respect and protection of health care.
WHO is ready to immediately dispatch trauma and essential health supplies through its logistics hub in Dubai and working with partners to ensure that
they can reach the Gaza Strip via the Rafah border crossing. Urgent access through the crossing is essential so that WHO and other humanitarian agencies can act quickly to help save lives.
Global health professional and expert , Dr Ntuba Akwo Thompson praises Houston mayor Sylvester Turner for Covid 19 Response partnership .
it's clear that DR NTUBA AKWO THOMPSON have been actively involved in global health and development work in Texas, particularly during the challenging times brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. His dedication to risk communication and community engagement is commendable, as effective communication during such crises is crucial.
Dr Ntuba Akwo,s mention of the WHO declaring COVID-19 a global public health emergency and certification as a national support professional for COVID-19 highlights his commitment to addressing this global crisis. Dr ntuba , Akwo,s desire for colleagues and experts to rise to the occasion despite political challenges is a testament to his dedication to public health.
It's also evident that DR NTUBA AKWO appreciates the leadership shown by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner during the pandemic and the importance of international collaboration, including his meetings with the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros, and former PAHO regional director Dr. Clarissa Etienne.
Working with the Houston government as a global health and development partner is indeed a significant opportunity, and it's clear that he values the collaborative leadership of Mayor Sylvester Turner.
His efforts and dedication to Global health are important for the well-being of the community and the broader global community during such challenging times. Thank you for your contributions to this important field.
The Turbo Machinery and Pump Symposium is a significant event in the field of mechanical engineering, specifically focusing on turbo machinery and pumps. These symposia typically gather experts, researchers, engineers, and industry professionals to discuss and share insights into the latest developments, innovations, and applications of turbo machinery and pumps across various industries, including the oil and gas sector.
The use of turbines and pumps in the oil and gas industry is essential for various processes, such as exploration, production, refining, and transportation. Here are some of the key applications and uses of turbines and pumps in this industry:
Oil and Gas Exploration: Turbines are used to power drilling rigs, providing the necessary mechanical energy to drill deep into the earth's crust to access oil and gas reserves. Pumps are used for mud circulation and other drilling fluid management processes.
Production: In the production phase, pumps are employed to lift oil and gas from underground reservoirs to the surface. These pumps play a crucial role in maintaining production rates.
Refining: In the refining process, pumps are used to transport crude oil to various refining units, where it undergoes distillation, cracking, and other processes to produce refined products such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. Turbines may also be used to generate power for the refining facility.
Pipeline Transportation: Pumps are used to transport crude oil and natural gas through pipelines over long distances. These pumps help maintain the necessary pressure to move the fluids efficiently.
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Production: Turbines are used in LNG plants to compress natural gas into a liquid state for transportation and storage. Pumps are used in the liquefaction and regasification processes.
Water Injection: Pumps are employed for water injection into oil reservoirs to maintain pressure and enhance oil recovery during secondary and tertiary recovery processes.
Offshore Applications: In offshore drilling and production platforms, both turbines and pumps are crucial for various operations, including powering drilling equipment and managing fluid systems.
Safety and Emergency Systems: Turbines and pumps are also utilized in safety and emergency systems in the oil and gas industry to control and manage hazardous situations.
Environmental Compliance: Pumps are used in environmental control systems to manage wastewater, control emissions, and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.
Hydrocarbon Processing: Turbines and pumps are essential components in the processing of hydrocarbons into various products, including plastics and petrochemicals.
In conclusion, turbines and pumps play a vital role in the oil and gas industry, enabling the efficient extraction, transportation, and processing of hydrocarbons. Discussions and presentations at events like the Turbo Machinery and Pump Symposium help advance technology and best practices in the use of these critical mechanical components within the industry.
The Residents of Houston participated in the 2023 Organ Donation Run .
The Run for a second chance or life gift event at Minute Maid Park on 9/17/2023 drew many participants, raising awareness and funds for organ donations. Organ donations have already saved thousands of lives, and events like this help to continue the life-saving work. Many people are eagerly waiting for the gift of life through organ donation, hoping for a second chance. This event serves as a reminder of the lives lost without receiving a much-needed organ donation. Together, we can make a difference and give hope to those in need.
Organ donations have proven to be life-saving, giving thousands of individuals a chance to live healthier and fuller lives. The recent Run for a second chance or life gift event at Minute Maid Park on 9/17/2023 emphasized the importance of raising awareness and funds for organ donations. The event witnessed a great turnout, with participants coming together to support the cause. It served as a powerful reminder of the urgent need for organ donations, as many people are still waiting for their second chance at life and remembering those who unfortunately lost their lives without receiving a life-saving donation. By spreading awareness and supporting initiatives like this, we can give hope and save more lives through organ donations.
Picture shows Dr Ntuba , Akwo Thompson at work in Washington DC USA , with senior communication experts of major USA media outlets on Ebola
Global health communication experts are commending global leaders at the 2023 UN assembly for their commitment and support for a pandemic accord. The world has been plagued by major health crises such as Ebola, Zika, and most recently, Covid-19. Throughout these challenges, global health communicators have been working tirelessly to disseminate accurate information, promote best practices, and advocate for pandemic accords backed by UN members. Their dedication and expertise have played a crucial role in mitigating the impact of these global health problems.
Recognizing the importance of effective communication in times of crisis, global leaders have come together to prioritize coordinated efforts and information sharing. By supporting pandemic accords, UN members are demonstrating their commitment to global health security. This collaboration not only strengthens our collective response to health emergencies but also ensures that accurate information reaches communities, helping to prevent the spread of misinformation and fear. The commendation from global health communication experts highlights the significance of these efforts and encourages continued collaboration among international leaders to tackle future health challenges head-on.
By Dr AKWO, THOMPSON NTUBA
United Nations General Assembly to address three major Health issues as part of Global Health Diplomacy. BY DR NTUBA AKWO THOMPSON 9/14/2023
Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Houston is committed to serving the spiritual needs of students and faculty at the University of Houston and Texas Southern University. With a heart for ministering to the college community, the church offers a range of programs and services that help students grow in their faith and connect with others on a deeper level. Through regular worship services, Bible studies, and prayer gatherings, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church provides a spiritual home away from home for students, ensuring that their time in college is not only academically enriching, but also spiritually fulfilling.
In addition to its focus on the university campuses, Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church also extends its healing and miraculous ministries to the surrounding communities. Through various outreach initiatives, the church seeks to bring the love and compassion of Christ to those in need. From organizing medical mission trips to providing resources for the underprivileged, the church actively engages with the community, spreading hope and making a positive impact. Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Houston is a place where health and development go hand in hand, fostering spiritual growth and transforming lives through the power of Christ's love.
Historically, politicians in different USA cities have often said what people want to hear when it comes to health and development issues. They tend to speak to the felt needs of the people, rather than addressing the actual needs. Promises to stop crime, flooding, and repair potholes are often made during campaigns, but once in office, these problems are still prevalent. This approach does little to address the underlying issues and hinder the overall progress of health and development in the country.
One area that is significantly affected by this rhetoric is housing. Politicians may promise to address the problem of bad houses in the community, yet little is done to effectively resolve this issue. Residents continue to struggle with substandard living conditions, impacting their health and overall well-being. It is crucial for politicians to prioritize the real needs of the people rather than merely speaking to their wants, in order to bring about tangible improvements in health and development for all citizens. By DR NTUBA THOMPSON AKWO
THE RECENT COUP BY THE MILITARY IN GABON IS A DOUBLE EDGE SWORD
BY DR NTUBA AKWO THOMPSON
We believe in sustainable development and prosperity, which can only be achieved through good governance. The recent military takeover in Gabon highlights the problematic nature of life presidents in Francophone Africa and the military's role in benefiting from their regime changes.
At HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, we promote a holistic approach to health and well-being. We recognize the importance of addressing the underlying causes of instability and inequality to achieve lasting progress. Join us as we work towards a future where all individuals have access to quality healthcare and living conditions that support their growth and development.
Dr Ntuba Thompson Akwo highlights the importance of geoscientists and energy professionals focusing on clean energy production that considers climate change, health, environmental impacts, and sustainability.
Healthndevelopment magazine & Media is excited to announce that in 2023[from August 28th to September 1st], the Applied Geoscientists and energy professionals of SEG and AAPG will be coming together for a conference called The international Meeting for Applied Geoscience and Energy [IMAGE] at the Houston Convenetion center . This conference will provide a platform for networking, innovation, and climate change mitigation work, all with the goal of promoting sustainable development.
At this conference, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with experts in the field, share and learn about the latest advancements, and collaborate on projects that address the pressing issue of climate change. We believe that by bringing together professionals from various backgrounds, we can work towards finding innovative solutions that will have a positive impact on both human health and environmental well-being.
Join us in 2023 as we come together to make a difference in the world of health and development. Together, we can create a sustainable future for generations to come.
President Cyril Ramaphosa: Welcome remarks at the BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue
24 Aug 2023
BRICS Chair President Cyril Ramaphosa's welcome remarks at the BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue
Your Excellency, Mr António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations,
Your Excellency, President Azali Assoumani, President of the Union of the Comoros and Chair of the African Union,
Your Excellencies, Leaders of BRICS nations,
Leaders of Africa and the Global South,
Leaders of Global and Regional Institutions,
It is a great honour to welcome you to South Africa for the BRICS-Africa Outreach and BRICS Plus Dialogue.
When reflecting on the purpose and role of BRICS in the world today, we recall the Bandung Conference of 1955, where Asian and African nations demanded a greater voice for developing countries in world affairs.
The Conference called for the recognition of the equality of all nations, large and small.
We still share that common vision of a fair and just world.
We still seek to overcome polarity and division. We want a world without barriers between North and South, East and West.
We still seek a world in which we work together underpinned by mutual respect.
Through the 15th BRICS Summit and this Dialogue we should strive to advance the Bandung spirit of unity, friendship and cooperation.
In South Africa we have a world for this: Ubuntu.
Ubuntu is a practice based on the understanding that our success, prosperity and well-being depends on the success, prosperity and well-being of others.
We see the BRICS partnership as a catalyst for global growth and development that responds to the needs of all nations.
It is the right of Africa and the entire Global South to fully reap the benefits of global trade and investment. Without trade and investment our economies cannot thrive and our peoples’ material conditions cannot improve.
As the African continent we are determined that the continent’s substantial resources are harnessed for the benefit and development of Africa’s people.
The African Continental Free Trade Area, once fully operational, will unlock the benefits of the continental market and generate substantial opportunities for African and other countries.
To make use of these opportunities, Africa is looking to the BRICS partnership to unlock infrastructure and development financing.
This was part of the founding vision of the New Development Bank.
The Bank is playing a leading role in efforts to increase the resilience of the Global South, and to bring fairness to global trading and financial systems by strengthening the use of BRICS currencies.
We have to reform global economic, financial and political governance, including the multilateral trading system, so that we create a conducive environment for fair trade.
While many countries of the Global South are seeing significant progress in industrialisation, technological development, innovation and the digital economy, they are not fully reaping the economic benefits.
By working together, by sharing skills and capabilities, by mobilising resources, we will be able to give renewed impetus to global growth and sustainable development.
We need to move beyond expressions of solidarity towards inclusion and mutually-beneficial economic cooperation.
We trust that this dialogue will provide leadership, vision and hope as we strive together for a better Africa and a better world.
I thank you.
HOUSTON IS READY FOR THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN OR FIRST LATINO MAYOR FOR 2024
Shell Energy Company partners with Houston City for School needs drive , providing many thousands of backpacts .
Former president Trump is to appear before a federal district judge in Washington DC on Thursday 8/3/2023 after he was indicted by the federal prosecutors who investigated his involvement in the January 6th 2021 Assault on the USA Capitol .
His vice president Pence has said no body is above the law and should not put themselves above the constitution and should not be president or reelected if they do so .
Dana Carson Ministries on Kingdom ministries and leadership .
Dr Akwo Thompson Ntuba spoke with a number of Women at the just ended National Urban League in the USA on some of the issues the organization faces .
They talked about the leadership of current president Marc Morial whis president and C.E.O for the past 20 years .
The ladies are of the opinion that the orgnaization is very important to them .
The World health organization,s health festival and the Global health film festival are tools to communicate health and promote global Health and Wellness .
Houston City Councilor Robert Gallegos and colleagues say Texas governor Abbott,s border policies are inhumane .
NATO is meeting in Vilnius Lithuania from 11-12 of July 2023 and has outrightly said no to the immediate admission of Ukraine into the defense alliance , stopping the alliance from getting directly into the Russia-Ukraine war .
Ukraine president Zelensky is frustrated with the alliance and does not understand why those who give Ukriane financial resources and weapons of war cannot immediately admit Ukriane into NATO and engage Russia on behalf of a new NATO member if Ukraine was admitted immediatly .
The strategic decision not to admit Ukraine immediately will prolong the war with unknown consequences for Ukriane .
Ukraine has been asked to make certain reforms before it is admitted into NATO and the other NATO members do not think now is the right time to admit UKRAINE .
US congress woman Shieler Jackson Lee , representing the 18th congressional district does not promote crimes by minorities nor work agaisnt police and Houston police department or police in the country .
Those who have not covered her in Washington and other parts of the country are using just excepts of speeches she has made as it concerns bad policing and need for reforms .
She was part of the Houston leadership that promoted the movement called " is it worth it " which told blacks and other minorities to always stop and think before they commit crimes especially against police officers .
Shieler Jackson Lee has always been by the side of HPD , working with chief Art Arcevado and presently Troy Finner to make sure that Washington makes money for what they need to better secure and police the city she represents in congress .
Many republican political leaders condemned the injustice that was done to George Floyd and asked for Justice to be done , including reforming the police systems and Shieler Jackson Lee joined them . She beleives that a good leader should always have an objective view to the issues . She has been tough on her own followers as it relates to crimes . She will be a great mayor as it relates to crime , holding all incluiding the police, Houstonians and the system accountable .
Texas restaurant association holds conference and Show , with vendors exhibiting their products and services at the George Brown convention center Down Town Houston .
Memebrship in the organization provides members with Network opportunities at local , regional and federal levels . They protect their members through fight for better legislation or pro restaurant business laws, help them advance in their businesses and provide education and training.
Global oil and gas companies are ready for clean energy production in a transition that protects middle and low income countries .
The African group in the African forum during the last off shore conference at the NRG stadium told the world to leave Africa alone so that they can use their abundance of fossil fuel to develop their countries and not to be dictated to by the western European countries and their energy companies .
Dr Ntuba Thompson Akwo who addressed the energy leaders , told them to calm down and look at the republican leaning governors and what the conservative oil producing chief executive officers were saying and doing .
Many of the major oil and gas producing countries in the West have operations in Africa and other low and middele income countries and are ready to work with leadership in those countries for energy transition that takes into consideration their specificity . The leaders agree that the is no one strategy that fits all in place .
by DR NTUBA AKWO THOMPSON
Biden opponents say he makes alot of gaffes when speaking and confuses the nation of Ukraine with that of Iraq and or Iran .
It must be noted that former president Bush was also in the habit of gaffes and mistaking other nations for Iran or Iraq.
President Biden is the oldest American sitting president seeking relection contrary to many in the political parties in the USA including Liberals , Green , Socialist , Democratic , Republican and others who want him to go because of his age .
Former president Donald Trump is facing similar challenges and accusation like Biden about age .
The younger members of the republican party who have shown interest in the presidential elections primaries are doing poorly with age advantage not helping them in the polls .
Many in the democratic party are also of the opinion that the age of presdient Biden may work agaisnt him in the presidenial elections in 2024 .
DR NTUBA , THOMPSON AKWO
American politics is now loaded with polarisation , satanic accusations and intrigues by those who must use race , religion , sex , bigotry and other vices to gain and or remain in political positions . People in their seventies are making noise all over the place , desiring to usurp that which they had when they were younger .
America is once more teaching the world the bad example of older people hanging on political offices and positions .
Republicans and democrats are demonizing others in the political parties of their choice because they know many Americans come to political local entry level positions without a bachelors degree and ignorant in the most part .Counter accusation of corruption and vote stealing ,and political corruption as Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton says is disgusting .
Houston mayoral elections campaigns : Senator John Whitmir launches officially .
The 76th World Health Assembly or wha76 ended in Geneva Switzerland with member states working in plenaries and comittees a and b .
Some of the 10 new members elected to the executive committee are cameroon and ukraine .
Deliberations on the pandemic accord were great though lots of misunderstandings were observed , with certain nations falsely believing that their soveriegn rights will be undermined .
The member states decided to increse the finanacial contributions from member states .
Dr Ntuba Thompson Akwo says the United states will benefit from a healthy cooperation with China instead of dealing with the Asian giant as a rival nation .
The charismatic mayor of Houston , Honorable Sylvester Turner addressed councilors of the City of Houston local government and the press on Wednesday 3/1/2023 on what he called rumors coming from Texas assembly members of another attempt of the state to take over the running of the Houston independent School district .
The state will have to repalce all the elected board members and appoint a new boss who may not be from Houston the mayor said .
Some councilors including Matha Castex -Tatum defended the mayor in saying no to the move .
The protem mayor Martin told the press that he has not studied the issue and will not comment on it as of said day .
by Dr Akwo Ntuba Thompson . 3/2/2023
The world health organization continues to caution the world on the existence of Covid 19 and the need for people to get their complete vaccinations and boosters if they can afford them .
Sars Cov 2 has contributed to the death of many millions around the world and people are called to observe the public health measures that keep them protected from the virus and it,s health consequences .
WHO SAYS COVID 19 PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER