Ghebreyesus will also visit a public hospital in Kiambu County
on the outskirts of Nairobi to assess the capacity of Kenya’s
health infrastructure to deal with the rising disease burden.
Ghebreyesus, also former Ethiopian Foreign Minister, said the
international community will rally behind Kenyatta’s core agenda
in his second term that include food security and universal
"A good opportunity has opened for us to contribute to one of
the four pillars outlined by President Kenyatta such as food
security, housing, employment and universal health coverage,"
"Our priority is to contribute to health and well being of
Kenyans," he added.
Cabinet Secretary for Health Cleopa Mailu said a partnership
with WHO will help revitalize Kenya’s health system in the light
UN agencies step up
efforts against environmental health risks
GENEVA Switzerland (Xinhua) --
UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the
World Health Organization (WHO) have agreed a new, wide-ranging
collaboration on Wednesday to accelerate action to curb
environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million
deaths a year.
The two UN agencies inked a deal in Nairobi, Kenya, on
Wednesday to step up joint actions to combat air pollution,
climate change and antimicrobial resistance, as well as improve
coordination on waste and chemicals management, water quality,
and food and nutrition issues.
It represents the most significant formal agreement on joint
action across the spectrum of environment and health issues in
over 15 years.
The two agencies will develop a joint work program and hold
an annual high-level meeting to evaluate progress and make
recommendations for continued collaboration.
The new collaboration creates a more systematic framework for
joint research, development of tools and guidance, capacity
building, monitoring of UN Sustainable Development Goals, global
and regional partnerships, and support to regional health and
"There is an urgent need for our two agencies to work more
closely together to address the critical threats to
environmental sustainability and climate—which are the
foundations for life on this planet.
"This new agreement recognizes that sober reality," said UNEP
Executive Director Erik Solheim.
"Our health is directly related to the health of the
environment we live in.
"Together, air, water and chemical hazards kill more than
12.6 million people a year.
"This must not continue," said WHO Director-General Dr.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
"Most of these deaths occur in developing countries in Asia,
Africa and Latin America where environmental pollution takes its
biggest health toll."
Last month, under the overarching topic "Towards a
Pollution-Free Planet", the UN Environment Assembly convened
environment ministers worldwide in adopting a resolution on
Environment and Health, calling for expanded partnerships with
relevant UN agencies and partners, and for an implementation
plan to tackle pollution.