Sligo-born WHO chief Ryan honored by President Higgins

Sligo-born WHO chief, Dr. Mike Ryan has received an award from President Michael D. Higgins for his services to global public health.

R Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Program, was awarded the Presidential Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his immense service to global public health over several decades.

In a courtesy call at ras an Uacharáin this afternoon (Wednesday).

Curry native, Dr Ryan was the recipient of the award, which recognizes the contributions of members of the Irish diaspora, on 2 December 2021 at a ceremony in Raa where the 2020 and 2021 recipients received their awards, although he was not able to To participate on that occasion because of his ongoing work with.

At their meeting, Dr. Ryan briefed President Higgins about the WHO’s work to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, including the challenges posed by the Omicron outbreak, and also discussed the importance of equitable vaccine access with the President. He thanked the President for extending his support to achieve the important principle of universal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The President and Dr. Ryan discussed facts presented by key members of his team, including WHO Director Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr. Ryan, at a December 29 press briefing. Recent figures show extremely low vaccination rates in the global south, and in particular Africa, with only 6% of people living in Africa fully vaccinated and 27% of healthcare workers across Africa fully vaccinated .

Among the very practical examples Dr Ryan suggested is where Ireland could make an immediate contribution, it would probably be through training and accelerating bio-manufacture to support a technology transfer hub in South Africa.

In a statement after today’s courtesy call, President Higgins said:

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet Dr. Mike Ryan and present him with his Presidential Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Ryan has provided a great deal of service to global public health over many decades, and in doing so has helped to further Ireland’s reputation and Reputation has grown. His global leadership on this issue has made all Irish people

Proud to contribute in the best possible way to global health

without limits.

“Dr. Ryan has demonstrated exceptional resolve and focus, fostered

Adopting original, comprehensive and carefully planned strategies

Prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, balancing the need to ensure the protection of livelihoods and human rights. i have you

Constantly advocated for the sharing of knowledge and technology with those who have the least access to them, especially in the developing world.

“In today’s meeting we discussed our serious concerns

The importance of achieving universal and equitable access to COVID-19

Vaccines around the world. As I said in my recent letter

Fellow President in the Araiolos Group of 15 Non-Executive Europeans

Speakers, I said it was my belief that this is a moral issue

The first order for us collectively as both European and Global

citizens, and that Europe, not only practically, but also outside

Sense of moral duty, must respond to COVID-19 technology pool

(C-TAP) was launched last year by WHO indicating a willingness,

Truly a commitment, to overcome any obstacle that still remains

Participation in the full sense. ,