World Health Assembly underway in Geneva


Accra, May 22, GNA – The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 70th World Health Assembly (WHA70) opened on Monday, May 22, in Geneva, Switzerland,
for member states of the World Health Organisation, including Ghana.

   The meeting of the WHA, which is the highest decision-making body of the WHO, would focus on a specific health agenda, prepared by the Executive Board.
    The main functions of the WHA are to determine the policies of the Organisation, appoint a new Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.
    As part of Ghana’s preparation towards the meeting, the People’s Health Movement-Ghana (PHM-Ghana) organised a national civil society consultative meeting to review the provisional resolutions and draft a Civil Society position paper.
    The meeting, held in Accra, recently, discussed key deliverables, and sought the views of civil society organisations (CSOs) on key agenda items expected to be discussed at the WHA.
    The two-day meeting was attended by over 30 participants consisting of CSOs, the public sector and the Media.
    The participants discussed and shared views on key issues like the reports on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016/2030); Non-communicable diseases, Antimicrobial resistance; Ending Childhood Obesity, Human resources for health and implementation of the outcomes of the United Nations’ High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth.
    Dr Kingsley Pereko, the National Coordinator of PHM-Ghana, said the consultation was to help develop a position paper to be shared with Ghana’s Minister of Health, so he could factor in the real health issues of Ghanaians as gathered by civil society who always worked at the grassroots in the communities and to present them at the Assembly.
    A highlight of the 10-day Meeting would be the appointment of a Director-General to replace Dr. Margaret Chan, whose second term ends on June 30.
    The three candidates, include the first-ever African nominee, Dr. Tedros Adhanom of Ethiopia.
    The Meeting would also consider documents covering the promotion of the health of refugees and migrants; Communicable diseases; Global Vaccine Action Plan; Progress in the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; as well as  the Role of the Health Sector in the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management towards the 2020 goal and beyond.
    Other documents to be discussed are the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health; Draft Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia;  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 on Mercury.
    It would also consider the Strategy for Integrating Gender Analysis and Actions into the work of the WHO.


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