Jessie ----
by on May 22, 2018
World Health Organization director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has kicked off the agency’s annual conference in Geneva by vowing to use his position to keep the world safe and to serve the vulnerable by promoting health for all. But so far, he hasn't said who is going to pay for it.
The huge audience at the Assembly enthusiastically marked the World Health Organization’s 70th Birthday. WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed there was much to celebrate. But noted there was little joy in the Democratic Republic of Congo where health workers were risking their lives to stop the Ebola outbreak in that country.
He said it is concerning that we now have cases of Ebola in an urban center, but we are much better placed to deal with this outbreak than we were in 2014. Today, WHO is beginning the vaccination process.
Tedros said this was only the latest of 50 emergencies in 47 countries and territories to which WHO has responded in the past year. The best way, he said to prevent future disease outbreaks and emergencies was to strengthen health systems everywhere.
This is why they established a High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases, to stop the premature and preventable deaths of millions of people. And it it why they established an initiative on climate change and health in small island developing states. They also are working on an aggressive new initiative to jumpstart progress against malaria, an entirely treatable disease that still kills half a million people every single year.
WHO has rolled out an ambitious new five-year strategic plan, which aims to make a big impact on health. Tedros said the goal is to achieve the highest attainable standard of health for all peoples in the world, poor and rich alike.
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