April 2022, Cairo – World Health Day 2022 will be celebrated globally on the 7 April, focusing on environmental threats and their effect on the health of the planet.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Our planet, our health”, which aims to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies more focused on well-being.   

Environment-related issues are among the major causes of health problems worldwide. WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis that is the single biggest health threat facing humanity.

In the Eastern Mediterranean Region, environmental risks, including climate change, are responsible for 23% of the total burden of disease and as much as 30% of the disease burden for children. An estimated 1 million people die prematurely every year as a result of living and working in unhealthy environments.

“The climate crisis is also a health crisis,” says Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, “It is impossible to have a healthy society in a polluted environment, or to have a clean environment in an unhealthy society. The global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how interconnected and vulnerable our world has become – and how sick.”

Environmental causes are avoidable; however, the political, social and commercial decisions are driving the climate and health crisis. Over 99% of people in the Region breathe unhealthy air.

Extreme weather events, land degradation and water scarcity are displacing people and affecting

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