World Health Assembly

Follow our coverage of the World Health Assembly for the latest news and insider conversations on universal health coverage, global health security, and WHO reforms.

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World Health Assembly kicks off with focus on health workers, universal coverage

Opinion: Strong pharmaceutical systems are crucial to attaining UHC

WHO recently called on countries to make commitments to universal health coverage at the upcoming World Health Assembly. Unless these include efforts to strengthen pharmaceutical systems, communities will continue to struggle with inadequate health services and rising health costs.


Opinion: Communication is essential to achieving WHO’s new strategy

Achieving the health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals will require a renewed focus on evidence-based, strategic, and creative communications that rethink how the beneficiaries of health interventions are perceived. But how can this be done?


Triple threat of stunting, anemia, and obesity poses looming crisis, health experts warn

Jessica Fanzo, senior nutrition officer at the Food and Agriculture Organization, discusses with Devex the findings of the "2018 Global Nutrition Report" and the challenges ahead, calling for disruptive and urgent action.


A united front in the battle against TB shows Australian politics at its best

Bringing the right people to the table is critical to the success of the U.N. General Assembly High-level Meeting on Tuberculosis. Yet, in Australia, a bipartisan group of politicians is ignoring party lines for strong action. Speaking with Devex, newly elected caucus co-chair, Labor Senator Lisa Singh discusses the country's investment in this space.


Long Story Short #16: Inside the World Health Assembly

From civil society to the Ebola response, inside the top stories coming out of WHA with Loyce Pace, Global Health Council president and executive director, and Jenny Lei Ravel, Devex senior reporter.


What you need to know about the 71st WHA

The 71st World Health Assembly was all about capitalizing on political commitments and finding new ways to collaborate.


Tuberculosis and NCDs jostle for space in global health agenda

Advocates of both groups are under the spotlight as they prepare for crucial high-level meetings on consecutive days at the United Nations in September. Some fear the competition to inspire heads of state is generating a damaging rivalry.


Q&A: Sally Davies on the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance

The United Kingdom's chief medical officer tells Devex we don't even know the size of the problem.


Ebola outbreak in DRC on 'epidemiological knife-edge,' says WHO official

Peter Salama, deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response at the World Health Organization, told Devex on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly that the next two weeks will show whether containment efforts have been successful.


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