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WHO Releases Global Health Challenges

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List Includes Climate and Infectious Diseases

By Allison Kozicharow; Edited By Jessie Crowdy

Solving the climate crisis. Stopping infectious diseases. Preparing for epidemics. Training health workers. These issues and more make up the World Health Organization’s (WHO) newly issued 13 global health challenges which we face in the next decade. WiRED International recognizes these challenges, many of which are already part of our mission to improve the health of people living in underserved countries around the world.

WiRED incorporates climate change and the concept of One Health into hundreds of our health learning modules. Our special series’ packages allow users to gain knowledge and usable information on a given subject such as infectious diseases. Readiness for potential epidemics is also a key piece of WiRED’s conviction that prevention is as valuable as a cure to any health crisis or condition. The WiRED Community Health Training Program will soon educate countless health workers using a curriculum including guidance on mother and child health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases and specific chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cancer.

WiRED believes that we must take action. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The cost of doing nothing is one we cannot afford. Governments, communities and international agencies must work together to achieve these critical goals. There are no shortcuts to a healthier world.”

WHO’s 13 Urgent Global Health Challenges for the Next Decade

      • 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
      • Keeping health care clean