70 Years of WHO Promoting Health For All

70 Years of WHO Promoting Health For All

70 Years of WHO Promoting Health For All: At the agency’s annual conference in Geneva, World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, vowed to use his position to keep the world safe and to serve the vulnerable by promoting health for all.

The overflow audience at the Assembly enthusiastically marked the World Health Organization’s 70th Birthday. WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus agreed there was much to celebrate.

70 Years of WHO Promoting Health For All
70 Years of WHO Promoting Health For All

Ebola Concern

In the Democratic Republic of Congo health workers are risking their lives to stop the Ebola outbreak in that country.

  • A health care worker wears virus protective gear at a treatment center in Bikoro, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • “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. I am pleased to say that vaccination is starting as we speak today,” WHO Head said.
70 Years of WHO Promoting Health For All
70 Years of WHO Promoting Health For All

This is only the latest of 50 emergencies in 47 countries and territories to which WHO has responded in the past year.

  • The best way to prevent future disease outbreaks and emergencies was to strengthen health systems everywhere.

It is why WHO has established an initiative on climate change and health in small island developing states and is 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.

Five Year Strategic Plan

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.

Delegation Of The Americas Discusses World Assembly Issues With PAHO Director

Prior to the start of the World Health Assembly, delegations from the countries of the Americas met with the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, to review the agenda items.

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