The director of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned states at the World Summit of Governments in Dubai, he feared a global pandemic against which nothing could be done if universal health coverage was not set up. Explanations.
Tedros Adhanom, director general of the very serious World Health Organization (WHO) announced this week at the World Summit of Governments in Dubai, he feared a global pandemic. Especially because 3.5 billion people worldwide do not have access to essential health care. "That's exactly exactly 100 years ago during the Spanish flu epidemic," he said, referring to the pandemic between 1918 and 1919.
Even today, the exact number of victims of the Spanish flu remains questionable: the Institut Pasteur speaks of 50 million deaths, but more recent assessments have found the double. This Spanish flu, originally from North America, was the most deadly pandemic in history in such a short period of time, ahead of the Black Death (34 million people).
The lack of universal coverage
"A devastating epidemic could start in any country and kill millions of people because we are not yet prepared," insisted Tedros Adhanom. According to him, the lack of universal health coverage is a real threat. He estimates that 100 million people living in extreme poverty can not afford to see a doctor or go to the hospital. Ignoring the fate of these people can contribute to the development of new diseases or deadly viruses.
The WHO director warned the states that the planet needs universal health coverage that would allow everyone to access care, but also better prevent pandemics. "We too often characterize health as a cost to be mastered, and not as an investment to feed."