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June 1, 2020

As the world raced throughout the month to respond to COVID-19, several multilaterals sounded the alarm over indirect global health effects of the disease, including increased morbidity and mortality from other causes.

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May 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic informed both the content and the format of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) on Monday and Tuesday (May 18–19), as WHO’s decision-making body met via video conferencing technology for the first time and focused on the COVID-19 response and essential governance matters.
 
U.S. critical of WHO, China
 

April 30, 2020

Governments and NGOs are postponing immunizations and other infectious disease efforts due to Covid-19, causing a major disruption to services for prevention or treatment of malaria, measles, polio, and tuberculosis, with grave implications for global health.

April 30, 2020

The multilateral response to the Covid-19 pandemic gained traction this month with progress on medical interventions, logistics, and UNGA operations.

April 30, 2020

The global health community urged the U.S. government to resume funding WHO, with more than 1,000 organizations and individuals signing an April 24 open letter to President Trump, who announced the 60-day suspension 10 days earlier.

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April 30, 2020

Weeks after launching an innovative fundraising platform incorporating individual contributions, WHO announced in early April that UNICEF would join its COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund as a “key partner,” bringing “extensive experience both in fundraising and in implementing programs.” As part of the arrangement, proceeds from the fund—which allows individuals, corporations, and institutions “anywhere in the world” to

April 30, 2020

In an email to staff on Tuesday, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore announced the agency’s latest round of senior staff appointments. She emphasized UNICEF’s commitment to striving for geographic and gender parity, noting that the appointments reflect this—“in addition to maintaining gender parity, we have improved geographic diversity to 43 percent programme country nationals,” Fore wrote.

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April 30, 2020

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on April 14 that he would maintain the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). His announcement followed three new confirmed cases in the troubled region, where an outbreak that began in August 2018 has infected over 3,400 people and killed 2,242.

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April 20, 2020

April 17, 2020 – Accusing a “China-centric" World Health Organization of “severely mismanaging and covering up” the spread of Covid-19, President Trump on April 14 announced his d

March 31, 2020

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March 31, 2020

WHO issued a statement March 2 defending its Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme—currently underway in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi—in response to an article in The BMJ last month that dubbed the project “a serious breach of international ethical standards.”

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March 31, 2020

The UN Secretary-General’s annual report on sexual exploitation and abuse by UN personnel presented another grim picture when it became public March 13. Allegations of abuse in political and peacekeeping missions increased 43 percent—from 56 in 2018 to 80 in 2019, the report found.

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March 31, 2020

On World TB Day (March 24), WHO released new consolidated guidelines for preventive TB treatment.

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March 31, 2020

March saw the multilateral community organize on several fronts against a Covid-19 outbreak that was not yet a WHO-recognized pandemic when the month began. On March 1, there were barely 87,000 confirmed cases, 92 percent of them in China. WHO declared a pandemic on March 11.

March 31, 2020

UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced this month that in January the organization achieved gender parity—90 women and 90 men—in senior leadership positions and that “we have a roadmap for parity at all levels in the coming years.”

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