The COVID-19 pandemic informed the content and format of the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) 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.
WHO released draft zero of its new immunization strategy for feedback from the global health community at the local, country, regional, and international levels. The organization invited stakeholders to provide feedback by June 14 via survey, written comments, or web conferences.
With the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) ending in 2020, this new strategy will be finalized for endorsement at the 73rd World Health Assembly in May 2020.
The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA), the World Health Organization’s main governing body, concluded May 28 in Geneva. Universal health coverage (UHC) was the overarching theme of this year’s WHA and is a core component of WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ platform. Member states passed several resolutions on key UHC priorities such as health financing, building sustainable and resilient people-centered health systems, and strengthening health workforces.
May 29, 2019 — The 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA), the World Health Organization’s main governing body, concluded yesterday in Geneva. The annual assembly is attended by more than 4,000 delegates from more than 190 member states and many partner organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
WHO and UNICEF’s Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene launched the first comprehensive global assessment of WASH in health care facilities earlier this month. The report found that one in four health care facilities lacks basic water service, and one in five offers no sanitation service. Many health centers also do not have basic facilities for hand hygiene and safe disposal of health care waste.
WHO’s second Fair Pricing Forum, co-hosted with the government of South Africa, brought more than 30 countries and 40 industry and nonprofit groups together in Johannesburg April 11–13 to discuss drug access and affordability.
January 31, 2019 — WHO had its semi-annual Executive Board meeting in Geneva this week, with its marathon agenda covering most worldwide diseases and WHO program initiatives.
Attracting significant debate was access to medicines, fueled by a WHO report stating that cancer drugs in many developing countries are unaffordable and difficult to obtain. Delegates also debated a potential clamp-down on the role of non-state actors by forcing civil society organizations to speak in clusters or constituencies, thus limiting the number of slots allotted to them at WHO forums.