Man dubbed the ‘Siberian Mowgli‘ left society with his parents in 1997
Officials in Siberia say they have discovered a 20-year-old man who appears to have lived in the forest for the past 16 years.
Dubbed the “Siberian Mowgli” in a nod to the boy in “The Jungle Book,” the man was found by a woman living near the town of Belokurikha, a famous resort area in Russia’s Altai region, according to UPI.
In delayed but clear speech, the boy told authorities he was born in 1993 and had been living in the forest since 1997, when his parents decided to “abandon society.”
His parents then appear to have abandoned him in May this year, AFP reported.
“I’m living well thank you,” he told The Siberian Times. “We are living well. This is the reality we have that we live here, and it’s quite a good reality.”
After speaking with authorities, the man fled back to forest hut, where RIA Novosti reports he is collecting firewood ahead of winter.
“He has no education, no social skills and no ideas about the world beyond the forest,” local prosecutor Roman Fomin told Russia Today.
Officials are expected to issue the man an ID, which would allow him to receive state support.
Many Member States are now taking up the Health 2020 challenge, reflecting a clear and growing interest in implementing the Health 2020 policy framework in the WHO European Region. At the sixty-third session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe, some 300 assembled ministers and stakeholders renewed their commitment to Health 2020. In addition to this, a high-level panel of ministers and delegates shared their plans and experience of implementing the Health 2020 vision within their own countries.
A year has passed since the Health 2020 policy framework was adopted by the Regional Committee and an impressive volume of activity has taken place since then. Countries across the European Region have mobilized for Health 2020 – some are developing a Health-2020-inspired national health policy, while others focus on developing and implementing specific health strategies and plans (such as on noncommunicable diseases) drawing on the core principles of Health 2020 and its evidence-based policy advice. Strengthening cross-government and multidisciplinary actions for health and health systems, from the perspective of Health 2020, is a priority for many countries.
The WHO Regional Office for Europe is also at the ready. “We have made sure Health 2020 is a priority that cuts across everything we do,” said Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe. “We have conducted a thorough review of our operations and resources to be sure of giving Member States the best support we can possibly provide as they move ahead with implementation.”
“The support for this policy is unprecedented and takes our concern for health, as a Region, into new domains,” she continued. “Health 2020 doesn’t only concern the health sector; it looks at health policies across the board and reaches out to the whole of government and all sectors. It focuses on health throughout the life-course, addressing inequalities and strengthening capacity in public health. Health 2020 is also being adopted by regions and cities, as well as states, which is a reflection of its tremendous appeal and relevance. Together we really can improve health across Europe, and we can help the poor and vulnerable so that they are not left behind.”
Health 2020 targets the Region’s main health challenges today such as the growing burden of ill health from noncommunicable diseases including obesity, cancer and heart disease; increasing health inequalities and shrinking public service expenditure due to the financial crisis. Its evidence base and the new studies that were commissioned during the development of Health 2020 give excellent insights into the policies and strategies required.