70th World Health Assembly

 

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. 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 program budget. 

 

This year's the 70th Health Assembly takes place on 22–31 May 2017 in Geneva.

 

Dr. Etienne at the 70th World Health Assembly

 About the 70th WHA

 

News

31 May 2017
Geneva, 31 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The 70th World Health Assembly closed today, with the adoption of a series of resolutions on major public health issues and the election of a new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. Closing the session, the outgoing Director-General of WHO, Margaret Chan, stressed…
30 May 2017
Geneva, 30 May 2017 (PAHO / WHO) - Delegates participating in the 70th World Health Assembly today agreed on measures to improve control of disease-carrying vectors to prevent epidemics, as well as policy options and interventions related to prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases through measures on tobacco, sugar-sweetened beverages,…
29 May 2017
Geneva, 29 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - Dementia, immunization, the health of refugees and migrants, substandard and falsified drugs, and public health dimensions of the global drug problem were some of the topics delegates agreed upon the 70th World Health Assembly. Committees A and B met Saturday 27 and Monday 29 May to adopt several resolutions. The…
26 May 2017
Geneva, 26 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The decisions adopted today by the delegations at the World Health Assembly focused on implementation of the International Health Regulations, and on improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. International Health Regulations…
26 May 2017
Geneva, 26 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The Emergency Medical Team of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) is the first in the Region of the Americas to be accepted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for its Emergency Medical Teams Initiative. The Minister of Health of Costa Rica said that it was an honor for his country to receive this…
26 May 2017
Geneva, 26 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade (HRIMB) of Cuba was awarded the prestigious 2017 Dr Lee Jong-wook Memorial Prize for Public Health at a World Health Assembly (WHA) ceremony today. The USD100,000 award and plaque was received by Cuba's Minister of Health Dr. Roberto Morales Ojeda on behalf of the…
25 May 2017
Geneva, 25 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The 70th World Health Assembly adopted resolutions today relating to poliomyelitis, the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, and human resources for health. During the previous day, the representatives of the countries approved the program budget proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), consisting of…
24 May 2017
Geneva, 24 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - In a meeting at the World Health Assembly (WHA) today, the Ministry of Health of Ecuador announced its country's adoption of new and sweeping health commitments, in response to the call of the United Nations Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025). Ecuador's Vice-Minister of Health Dr. Fernando Cornejo…
23 May 2017
Geneva, 23 May 2017 (PAHO/WHO) - The Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) today elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated for the post by the government of Ethiopia. His five-year mandate will begin on 1 July 2017. After the election, the Director-…