72nd 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 programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.


72nd session of the World Health Assembly
20-28 May 2019, Geneva

News

28 May 2019
Geneva, 28 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - The 72nd World Health Assembly ended today with the adoption of several resolutions on the world’s most relevant public health issues. Over the past 9 days, Member States adopted a new global strategy on health, environment and climate change, and committed?to invest in safe water, sanitation and hygiene services…
27 May 2019
Geneva, May 27, 2019 (PAHO / WHO) - The delegations at the World Health Assembly approved a series of resolutions about patient safety, emergency and care, and water and sanitation. They also agreed on the adoption of the of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-11), that will come into…
24 May 2019
Geneva, May 24, 2019 (PAHO / WHO) - The delegations approved today a series of technical and administrative resolutions on climate change and health, noncommunicable diseases and the pandemic influenza preparedness framework. Following is a summary of the main decisions adopted today at the 72nd World Health Assembly. Health, environment and…
24 May 2019
Geneva, 24 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – This year, the World Health Organization’s Sasakawa Health Prize recognized the work accomplished in the district of Iguaín in Peru, where the rate of anemia in children under the age of three fell from 65% to 12% over the past three years. The Sasakawa Health Prize is awarded to one or more persons, institutions…
23 May 2019
Geneva, 23 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - Member States at the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution today calling for continued high-level commitments to implementand provide multisectoral National Action Plans on Antimicrobial Resistance. The resolution urges Member States to strengthen infection prevention and control…
23 May 2019
Geneva, 22 May 2019– Algeria and Argentina have been officially recognized by WHO as malaria-free. The certification is granted when a country proves that it has interrupted indigenous transmission of the disease for at least 3 consecutive years.  Contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito, malaria remains one of the world’s leading…
22 May 2019
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - The Health Ministers of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama acknowledged the challenge that migration poses to their health systems, and emphasized their commitment to a humane and collective response to migrants.…
22 May 2019
Geneva, 22 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - How to achieve universal health coverage without leaving anyone behind was the main topic of presentations made by the Ministers of Health from throughout the world this week in the plenary of the 72nd World Health Assembly. Health authorities from the Region shared their experiences in the achievement of…
22 May 2019
Geneva, 22 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted three resolutions today on universal health coverage (UHC). These resolutions focus on primary health care, the role of community health workers, and the September UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on UHC. Primary health care and universal health coverage The…