Muscat – The Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and World Health Organization in Oman came together to promote a healthier society and take proactive steps to make people thrive.
WHO asked people to imagine a better world. Our health.
If there is one thing that the COVID-19 epidemic has taught us, it’s the importance of a healthier world. MoH stated that the partners have agreed to two main activities in order to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about health care.
Two events were held to mark the day’s celebrations. A short film competition, launched on April 7, targeted the sultanate’s schools, with its main theme For a better environment and better health.
The second was a beach cleanup effort across 11 governorates in the sultanate. The beach cleanup was a student-led initiative that highlighted the importance of a healthy lifestyle. MoH reported that both activities saw participation from school students, teachers, as well other partners.
The main purpose of these events was to raise awareness about climate change and environmental health. Youth advocacy and leadership were encouraged towards community engagement and a better planet.
The beach clean-up also helped to promote healthy living and informed education to school students.
Jean Yaacoub Jabbour from WHO, Oman Representative, stated that the climate crisis is the greatest health threat facing mankind. He called for urgent action to save the planet and promote well-being.
Environmental issues are one of the leading causes of global health problems. The WHO estimates that 13mn deaths worldwide each year are caused by preventable environmental causes. Environmental risks, including climate change and the burden of disease for children, account for 23% of the total burden in the Eastern Mediterranean Region.