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142nd WHO Executive Board (EB) Session Updates

Global Health Council (GHC) is hosting a delegation to the 142nd Session of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Executive Board (EB) Session. The WHO EB Session is currently in progress in Geneva, Switzerland and will conclude on January 27The following updates were provided by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Advocacy Manager, Global Health Council.

142nd WHO EB Meeting in session. Photo credit: Danielle Heiberg

MORE INFORMATION ON THE WHO EB SESSION

VIEW JOINT EB STATEMENTS FROM GHC & MEMBERS

Reflections on WHO’s Thirteenth Global Programme of Work (GPW13) – Women in Global Health

Make sure to follow @GlobalHealthOrg on Twitter to stay informed of live updates from our delegates and partners attending the Session.

Day 3: Midway Through

The EB covered several topics today: Public Health Preparedness and Response (NSA statements); Polio Transition; Health, environment and climate change; and Addressing the global shortage and access to medicines and vaccines.

Matt Robinson with GHTC provided a short write up on the last issue:

The afternoon session on access to medicines produced far less controversy than expected. Though the topic remains contentious overall, the late introduction of a resolution asking WHO to spend the next year developing a “roadmap” for its work on access to medicines appeared to defuse any simmering tension by providing the opportunity for more dialogue behind closed doors. The session reached such consensus that New Zealand actually proposed closing debate without hearing statements from non-EB members, unless there were any objections. As a result of the resolution, expect this debate to continue over the coming year.

GHC members presented statements on preparedness and responsepolio transition and access to medicines.

The GHC delegation met with members of the U.S. delegation at the WHO EB Session.

In addition, GHC’s delegation met with Garrett Grigsby and Jenifer Healy from the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Tomorrow, (Thursday, January 25), the debate will begin with the Global strategy and action plan on public health, innovation, and intellectual property, followed by the agenda items on the high-level meetings on NCDs and TB. The EB will be in session during the day, as well as the evening in order to get through a number of agenda items.

 

 



Day 2: Public Health Preparedness and Response

Today the Executive wrapped up agenda item 3.1 on the draft Global Programme of Work. GHC read a statement that included a few areas of concern specifically on health workforce, WASH and polio transition.

The EB also considered WHO reform, as well as agenda item 3.3. on Public Health Preparedness and Response. The session ended later so that all Member States could provide their interventions. Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, January 24) the session will open with statements from NSAs. PATH will read a statement on behalf of GHC, AAP, PATH, GHTC, and IDSA.

Philippe Guinot, PATH, reads the EB statement on Agenda 3.3 Public Health Preparedness and Response on behalf of GHC, AAP, PATH, GHTC, and IDSA.

The U.S. government, led by Garrett Grigsby from the Office of Global Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, delivered a statement on preparedness and response that touched on several ideas (special thanks to Annie Toro for the summary):

1) Highlighted the importance for the Joint External Evaluations (JEEs) to drive preparedness and HSS
2) Enforced standard operating procedures to ensure consistency across regions
3) For health emergencies, a dashboard should be shared with member states
4) R&D – work with all partners in emergency contexts
5) Full IHR implementation is key and an obligation of WHO
6) Consider the important role of sectors outside of health for security purposes
7) Consider issues regarding biosafety as well as national and financial issues for biosecurity

To find out what is next on the agenda, follow the daily journals (published every morning, Geneva time) here: http://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_eb142.html.

 



Day 1: Tedros’ Dialogue with Member States

The WHO Executive Board (EB) session kicked off with a dialogue between Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Member States. Dr. Tedros’ speech focused on three key elements: Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Global Health Security (GHS), and what the WHO of the future looks like.

A few highlights:

1) Dr. Tedros will send letters to the heads of all Member States challenging them to commitment to three concrete steps to achieve universal health coverage. He will ask Member States to make their commitments at the upcoming World Health Assembly (WHA) in May.
2) Since the start of his tenure, Dr. Tedros has been working to strengthen foundations of organization; developing a plan to transform that includes a “rethink” of resource mobilization for the agency; and building strong leadership including achieving gender parity in top ranks and geographical diversity.
3) Dr. Tedros put out a call to Member States to commit in-kind supply donations and personnel to a “Global Health Reserve Army” that could be ready to respond to an outbreak within 72 hours.
4) In regards to funding for WHO, Dr. Tedros spoke several times about the need for “unearmarked” funds to allow the agency greater flexibility in addressing priorities.

Dr. Tedros’ comments should be available here.

Before adjourning for the day, the EB began member statements on agenda item 3.1 the Global Program of Work. On the second day, the remaining 15 Member States will give their statements followed by non-state actors.

We expect several statements to be read by our delegation today on the Global Program of Work, Public Health Preparedness and Response, and possibly, Polio Transition Planning.

 

 

142nd WHO Executive Board Session Begins in Geneva: GHC Delegation to Read Statements on Multiple Agenda Items

Broken Chair at the Place Des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

This year, Global Health Council (GHC) is hosting a delegation to the 142nd Session of the World Health Organization (WHO)’s Executive Board (EB) Session. The EB Session is currently in progress in Geneva, Switzerland and will conclude on January 27.  The full agenda, associated documents, along with the live-webcast link can be accessed at GHC’s events calendar.

Discussion and debate of WHO’s Draft Thirteenth General Programme of Work (GPW) will emphasize three priorities: 1 billion more people with health coverage; 1 billion more people made safer from health emergencies, and 1 billion more people enjoying better health and well-being. WHO, under the leadership of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General of the organization, plans to reshape its operations, and place greater importance on accountability and impact. The organization intends to use the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a foundation for its global health priorities.

As we speak, the following speakers from the GHC delegation are preparing to read their statements at the WHO EB Session. Each of the statements corresponds to specific agenda items featured in the Provisional Agenda (EB 142/1) and are submitted by GHC member organizations.

1) 3.1: Draft 13th General Programme of Work 2019-2023  – The joint statement from GHC supported by ACTION and Frontline Health Workers Coalition will be read by Danielle Heiberg, Global Health Council.

2) 3.3: Public Health Preparedness and Response – This joint statement from GHC supported by PATH, Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) will be read by Philippe Guinot, PATH.

3) 3.4 Polio Transition PlanningThis joint statement from GHC supported by PATH, ACTION, RESULTS UK, and AAP will be read by Philippe Guinot, PATH.

4) 3.6 Addressing the Global Shortage of, and Access to, Medicines and Vaccines – This joint statement from GHC supported by PATH, AAP, and NCD Child will be read by Mychelle Yvette Farmer, NCD Child.

5) 3.7 Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property – This joint statement from GHC, supported by IDSA, will be read by Rabita Aziz, IDSA.

6) 3.8 Preparation for the Third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), to be held in 2018 – This joint statement from Global Health Council, supported by NCD Child, AAP, and IFPA, will be ready by Mychelle Yvette Farmer, NCD Child.

7) 3.9 Preparation for the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on Ending Tuberculosis  – This joint statement from GHC, supported by IDSA, will be read by Rabita Aziz, IDSA.

8) 4.2 Physical Activity for Health – This joint statement by GHC supported by AAP and NCD Child will be read by  Mychelle Yvette Farmer, NCD Child.

9) 4.3 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030): Early Childhood Development – This joint statement by GHC supported by AAP and NCD Child will be read by Mychelle Yvette Farmer, NCD Child.

10) 4.4 mHealth – This joint statement from GHC supported by Living Goods will be read by Annie Toro, United States Pharmacopeia.

11) 4.6.1 Comprehensive Implementation Plan on Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition: Biennial Report – This joint statement from GHC supported by AAP and NCD Child will be read by Mychelle Yvette Farmer, NCD Child.

Make sure to follow @GlobalHealthOrg on Twitter to stay informed of live updates from our delegates and partners attending the Session.

142nd WHO Executive Board Session Briefing

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142nd WHO Executive Board Session Briefing
January 17
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST
Webinar

REGISTRATION

SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THE Q/A SESSION

(Deadline for submission is January 16)

Join GHC for a webinar briefing to gather insights regarding the 142nd WHO Executive Board (EB) session, which opens in Geneva on January 22. The webinar will feature remarks from GHC members and partners and will address critical EB discussions on WHO’s leadership priorities, including the draft thirteenth general programme of work 2019–2023, TB, and NCDs. U.S. government staff have been invited to attend the briefing. Remarks will be followed by a Q&A/Discussion with participants. GHC is now accepting questions from participants ahead of the webinar for the Q&A session. Please complete this form by no later than January 16.

Special guests include:

1) Garret Grigsby, Director of the Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

2) Jenifer Healy, Chief of Staff, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

 

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World Hepatitis Summit 2017

Organized by
World Health Organization (WHO) and World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA)

November 1 – 3
São Paulo, Brazil
MORE INFORMATION

The World Hepatitis Summit is a large-scale, global biennial event to advance the viral hepatitis agenda. It is a joint initiative between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Hepatitis Alliance (WHA). Brazil has been chosen to partner and host the World Hepatitis Summit 2017, in recognition of the country’s ongoing national initiatives and consistent international leadership in the area of viral hepatitis.

The theme of this year’s Summit is Implementing the Global Health Sector Strategy on Viral Hepatitis (GHSS): Towards the elimination of hepatitis as a public health threat. This programme seeks to promote advocacy, encourage the exchange of ideas and facilitate learning to use in the fight against viral hepatitis. It has been created by a Programme Secretariat and sub-Committees made up of experts in the field of hepatitis and civil society groups. Additional content and speakers will continue to be added over the next few months.

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