Sounding off on #WHA67

The opening plenary of the 67th World Health Assembly. Photo by: WHO/Violaine Martin

Delegates at this week’s World Health Assembly have a full plate this year, and the interest in #WHA67 is heightened as the event is meant to chart the course for global health post-2015.

Global health advocates have high expectations for the annual event, which ends on Saturday in Geneva. In a commentary for Devex, Cécile Vernant, head of EU advocacy for Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung, said she hopes research and development will move from being a peripheral to a central issue at WHA given the potential impact innovation can have on global health. Dr. Ayham Alomari, senior health officer for community health and noncommunicable diseases at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has similar hopes for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases.

Alomari told Devex that he’d like to see a dedicated fund for NCDs and a concerted effort to promote community health workers, including through volunteers, as integral components of the health system.

A similar conversation is happening on social media.

via Lennie Bazira‏@bazira
via PMHP‏@PMHPatUCT
via Chris Bullen‏@DrChrisBullen
via GrowYourWellness_NCD‏@GrowYourWellnes
via Scott Weathers‏@scott_weathers

What’s your own wish list for #WHA67? Let us know by tweeting @Devex or by leaving a comment below.

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