WHO agrees to discuss reforms to fight health emergencies

The World Health Organization announced that a special meeting will be held on November 29 to discuss major needed reforms and build an international agreement to enhance the United Nations health agency’s ability to combat pandemics and health emergencies.

On its final day, the 74th World Health Assembly agreed to strengthen cooperation to create mechanisms for communication, coordination, and articulation of programs and policies on health issues.

It will seek to adequately respond to risks and public health emergencies of international concern.

Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, welcomed the resolution.

Ryan said, “Right now, the pathogens have the upper hand. They are emerging more frequently and often silently in a planet that is out of balance. We need to turn that very thing that has exposed us in this pandemic, our interconnectedness, we need to turn that into a strength.”

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