Media Sources Discuss Issues Addressed, Agreed Upon At 69th World Health Assembly

Devex: A make-or-break moment for the first viral hepatitis strategy
“Six years ago, … [m]ember states at the World Health Assembly adopted resolution WHA63.18, which allows the organization to draw global attention to the disease on a specific day of each year — July 28. This was followed with another resolution in 2014 that called on the World Health Organization to examine the feasibility of viral hepatitis’ elimination, which led to the development of a strategy that’s now before member states at the 69th World Health Assembly. The question is: Will advocates’ winning streak continue?…” (Ravelo, 5/26).

Global Health NOW: Working with the “SDG Generation”
“…Global health experts and heavy hitters from WHO Director-General Margaret Chan to UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin focused attention Wednesday on what needs to be done to not only help adolescents survive but thrive and build prosperous healthy futures…” (Simpson, 5/26).

Global Health NOW: Babatunde Osotimehin: Seek Enormous Returns
“It’s been a busy 10 days for UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. … Wednesday evening found him in Salle VIII at the Palais des Nations for a World Health Assembly side event on adolescent health. Before rushing off to another event, Osotimehin made time for a few questions from Global Health NOW editor-in-chief Brian W. Simpson…” (Simpson, 5/26).

WHO: World Health Assembly agrees resolutions on women, children, and adolescents, and healthy aging
“Delegates at the World Health Assembly [Thursday] agreed to implement two new health strategies that are closely aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. One relates to women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health; the other to healthy aging…” (5/26).

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