The online event to present the report was held on Wednesday 9 June "Global health beyond the emergency", made by Italian Global Health Network, as part of the "Global Health 4 all" project coordinated by Aidos, With the collaboration of Amref Health Africa, Medicus Mundi Italia and World Friends.
"The current health emergency urgently requires short-term strategies to accelerate the production and distribution of tests, drugs, vaccines against Covid-19, but we also need structural reforms of health systems globally": so Stefania Burbo, Italian Network Health Global and Civil 20, upon presentation of the report.
It is also necessary to "pay attention to people disproportionately affected by the pandemic, which has exacerbated pre-existing conditions of discrimination and vulnerability, as in the case of women and girls, vulnerable groups, marginalized communities": it is they who must be placed at the center of the responses health care as active players in the political process, Burbo adds.
In the year of the Italian presidency of the G20, our government wants "to restore centrality to international cooperation and solidarity to overcome the current crisis and to collectively acknowledge the lessons learned from the pandemic ”- he said Davide La Cecilia, Diplomatic Advisor to the Minister of Health - "and a first clear signal came from the Global Health Summit of recent weeks about the commitment of the international community to strengthen the resilience of national systems and the preparation for future health crises".
Valentina Mangano, parasitologist and deputy director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Peace Sciences (University of Pisa) pointed out how there is only one global health, “physical and mental health, environmental, animal and human health, individual and community health, recognizing that these dimensions are interdependent on different levels, organic, ecological and political ”.
One approach "One Health" particularly dear to Amref Health Africa, as mentioned by Roberta Rughetti who focused on Africa, recalling that there are now "a total of 5 million infections and a lower number of deaths than in other areas of the world, but we must consider the strong underestimation of cases of infected and deaths from Covid-19 and the effects of what is still going on ”. It is therefore necessary support the production of vaccines, not only for Covid-19, to ensure that virtuous processes of change also underway in the African continent continue.
In Kenya, he recalled Gianfranco Morino, Head of World Friends Kenya, there are currently only 13.000 doses for the second administration, many come as donations from Congo and South Sudan because they are about to expire and we must not forget "the devastating socio-economic impact, in Nairobi 60% of the population, 2 million people, live in slums at poverty levels and in the first 6 months of the pandemic there were 4000 unwanted pregnancies among teenagers at home from school and probably not they will come back for more ”said Morino.
They have indeed been women and girls among the most affected by the pandemic, he confirmed Maria Grazia Panunzi, president of Aidos, urging the next G20 Health Ministerial meeting to assume "a strong commitment to the health of women and girls, in particular to sexual and reproductive rights and to combat violence".
Also because, he concluded Massimo Chiappa, Director of Medicus Mundi Italy, international civil society has already placed during the Global Health Summit the need to strengthen local health services with the involvement of communities: "as evidenced by our project in Brazil, a nation strongly affected by Covid, the policies of distancing, if not accompanied by prevention, mass tests and measures to support families, lead to the creation of new pockets of poverty ".
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