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A prominent Australian doctor who led the World Health Organisation's Health Emergencies Programme has died suddenly.
Doctor Peter Salama was a medical epidemiologist who led research and published extensively on vaccine-preventable diseases, HIV and war-related mortality and violence.
WHO "extends its most profound sympathies and condolences to Dr Salama's family, friends and colleagues. He was 51 and leaves behind his wife and three children," the organisation said in a statement.
Most recently he was in Somalia, above, working with its health ministry to advance affordable access to care.
While WHO remains focused on the sobering new challenge of China’s Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the DR Congo remains top of mind as the ongoing Ebola outbreak continues. The most recent update from the country’s Multisector Committee for Epidemic Response (CMRE), which monitors cases in the eastern North Kivu and Ituri provinces, lists 3,297 confirmed cases and another 119 probable cases. There have been 2,239 fatalities.
For many countries, typically low-income ones, getting to universal health care means finding the resources to build the systems required. Peter Salama, WHO’s executive for universal health care, told Quartz that for rich ones, however, it’s about finding a solution to the fact that health care costs are rising faster than income growth.
That all countries achieve health care coverage for all their citizens is in the global interest, according to the UN, not least because stronger health systems improve the health of citizens and lower the risk of catastrophic pandemics, even in countries that already have strong health care access.
The declaration, drafted through the leadership of Thailand and Georgia, breaks that down further, laying out a detailed 83-step process to provide accessible health coverage to the half of the world that doesn’t have it.
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
a reply to: hombero
I just read a few and most say things like declining health, car accident and even one that said heart attack. It is true some just say passed away or died unexpectedly. These were just normal peoples obituaries.
Public figure obituaries most all mention the cause of death and location, it seems from what I was just reading.
Now, I just clicked the doc in question. Wanted to read the "83-step process", it's unreadable.