Policy Brief 49, July 2018

Major Outcomes of the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly of WHO

The 71st session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) of the World Health Organization (WHO) took place from 21 to 26 May 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Assembly adopted several decisions and resolutions including the adoption of the General Programme of Work (GPW) of WHO for the period 2019-2023, as well as decisions on addressing access to medicines and vaccines and their global shortage, and the recommendations of an overall programme review of the WHO Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPA-PHI).  Also, the WHA adopted an important resolution to support the preparation of the first high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this year on ending tuberculosis (TB) and another resolution supporting the preparation of a third high-level meeting of the UNGA on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  Other significant resolutions that were adopted include resolutions on digital health, improving access to assistive technology and addressing the burden of snakebite venoming.

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Major Outcomes of the 71st Session of the World Health Assembly of WHO


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