Sixty seventh World Health Assembly opened in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland — The World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the Wold Health Organization (WHO). It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on the agenda prepared by the Executive Board of WHO. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. The sixty-seventh World Health Assembly will be held during 19–24 May 2014

The weeklong meeting has a crowded agenda. Some of the key themes, issues to be discussed in this assembly are;

  • Framework of engagement with non-State actors,
  • Draft global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention, care and control after 2015
  • Global vaccine action plan
  • Hepatitis, Improving the health of patients with viral hepatitis
  • Prevention and control of no communicable diseases
  • Maternal, infant and young child nutrition
  • Draft WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021: Better health for all people with disability
  • Comprehensive and coordinated efforts for the management of autism spectrum disorders
  • Monitoring the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals
  • New-born health: draft action plan, Every new-born: an action plan to end preventable deaths
  • Addressing the global challenge of violence in particular against women and girls
  • Multisectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing
  • Public health impacts of exposure to mercury and mercury compounds: the role of WHO and ministries of public health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention
  • Contributing to social and economic development: sustainable action across sectors to improve health and health equity
  • Traditional medicine
  • Access to essential medicines
  • Strengthening of palliative care as a component of integrated treatment throughout the life course
  • Regulatory system strengthening
  • Health intervention and technology assessment in support of universal health coverage
  • Follow-up of the Recife Political Declaration on Human Resources for Health: renewed commitments towards universal health coverage
  • Implementation of the International Health Regulations
  • Pandemic Influenza Preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits
  • Smallpox eradication: destruction of variola virus stocks
  • Draft global action plan on antimicrobial resistance
  • Collaboration within the United Nations system and with other intergovernmental organizations

The complete agenda and the background documents of 67th WHA (WHA Journal) is available at the following url

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