The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a grave warning and emergency appeal, stating that over 166 million people worldwide require urgent health assistance. In an official statement on its website, WHO expressed concern about the impact of conflict and climate crises on healthcare, intensifying threats across the globe.
Highlighting the worsening situations in regions including Gaza, Sudan, and Ukraine, WHO revealed that five of its regions are now grappling with escalating conflict and security challenges.
To address urgent health needs, WHO has announced the launch of its Health Emergency Appeal 2024. The organisation plans to live-stream events from its official page to garner support and raise awareness about ongoing and new emergencies globally, including 15 Grade 3 emergencies.
The statement emphasised the critical role of donor support in responding to emergencies, saving lives, and building resilience in communities facing crises. The Health Emergency Appeal is designed to allocate funds strategically for maximum impact.
During the launch event, WHO will present specific needs, objectives, and priorities that the Health Emergency Appeal aims to address in 2024, emphasising the importance of collective efforts to protect the health of vulnerable populations.
The United Nations health agency also reported that nearly 300 million people will require humanitarian assistance and protection in 2024. Save the Children International highlighted the detrimental effects of climate change on girls, citing obstacles to learning and the infringement of their rights.
Faton Krasniqi, Interim Country Director of Save the Children International Nigeria, noted that climate change disproportionately affects girls and women, impacting their livelihoods, environment, health, safety, and education. The NGO emphasised that gender inequalities can perpetuate harmful practices, such as child marriage, limiting opportunities for education, development, and empowerment among girls.