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WHA Serves As Venue For An Expanding Global Health Agenda

Huffington Post: A to Z at the World Health Assembly: Discussions Range from Antimicrobial Resistance to the Zika Virus
John E. Lange, Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy, United Nations Foundation

“The 69th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva demonstrated once again the central role of the World Health Organization (WHO) in global health. Whether one focuses on WHO’s global action plan on antimicrobial resistance or the international response to health emergencies like the Ebola and Zika viruses, there were countless venues for official and unofficial decisions and discussions on every health issue under the sun. … The explosive growth of global health programs over the last two decades has seen a concomitant growth in interest in WHA, and longtime attendees marvel at the increase in participation by NGOs and others. This was my 10th consecutive Assembly, and I have witnessed the range of issues at official and unofficial events during WHA week continue to expand – and the global health agenda has expanded accordingly” (6/3).