Health Policy Watch Reports On Issues Discussed At WHO Executive Board Meeting

Health Policy Watch: WHO Director Lays Out Vision Of Transformation To ‘Agile,’ Transparent Agency
“World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Dr. Tedros) [Thursday] explained details of fundamental changes being set in motion at the U.N. agency, including greater impact, increased staff work and training at the country level, producing ‘world class’ work, more transparency, and digital health and innovation…” (New, 1/24).

Health Policy Watch: More Funds for Non-Communicable Diseases Needed Say WHO EB Members
“A proposed request by World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Gheyebresus for an eight percent budget hike for the 2020-2021 budget period received a rocky initial reception from leading member states at the WHO’s Executive Board meeting that began [Thursday]…” (Fletcher, 1/24).

Health Policy Watch: Next On Stage: WHO Academy & Foundation
“A WHO Academy where millions around the world can be trained in the health policy guidelines, methods, and practical tools that WHO develops and promotes is one of the big new dreams of WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gheyebresus — wrapped into WHO’s strategic planning for coming years…” (Fletcher, 1/25).

Health Policy Watch: Board Debates WHO Plans For Efficiencies At Headquarters & Funding Shifts To Countries
“A massive restructuring of WHO’s 2020-2021 budget should see a shift away from siloed disease control programs to a more integrated approach, focused on building health systems and strengthening country operations…” (Fletcher, 1/25).

Health Policy Watch: WHO Names Directors For Western Pacific, Southeast Asia
“…WHO veteran Takeshi Kasai of Japan was appointed regional director for WHO’s Western Pacific Region, and Poonam Khetrapal Singh of India was re-appointed for a second term as regional director for WHO’s Southeast Asia Region…” (New, 1/26).

Health Policy Watch: WHO Director Tedros: World Must Redouble Efforts On Health-Related SDGs
“Health-related Sustainable Development Goals won’t be met unless global, regional and country efforts are intensified, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Gheyebresus declared [Saturday]…” (Fletcher, 1/27).

Health Policy Watch: WHO Board Looks Into Means To Reach Polio-Free World
“Poliomyelitis, a highly infectious and sometimes debilitating viral disease, is about to be eradicated from the world. However, the last mile is the hardest, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week at a member state discussion on polio eradication…” (Saez, 1/28).