The World Health Assembly concludes reaching agreement on strengthening surgical care, polio and International Health Regulations
27 May 2015 – GENEVA - The World Health Assembly concluded yesterday, with apparent health workforce implications in several “landmark resolutions” decisions and discussions – on the Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel, surgical care, polio eradication; epilepsy, implementation of the International Health Regulations among the few. Delegates at the Assembly also made a series of decisions stemming from the 2014 Ebola virus disease outbreak, which give the WHO Secretariat the go-ahead to carry out structural reforms so it can prepare for and respond rapidly, flexibly and effectively to emergencies and disease outbreaks.
Health workers have played a critical yet high risk role in responding to the Ebola epidemic and in working to meet the health needs of their communities. One lesson learnt from the epidemic is that health worker protection is key to the capability of health systems to respond to health emergencies and meet routine healthcare needs. A new report on Ebola health worker infections launched today, by the World Health Organization, summarizes the impact of the Ebola epidemic on the health workforce of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. It quantifies the health worker infection risk, summarizes the determinants of infection from the literature, and describes practices that were put in place to protect health workers during the epidemic. The report covers the period from 1 January 2014 to 31 March 2015.
18 May 2015 -- The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly kicked of today under the theme of “Building resilient Health Systems”, where officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of WHOs activities and set new priorities for the future.
13 May 2015 / GENEVA – 2015 is the final year for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – goals set by governments in 1990 to guide global efforts to end poverty. This year’s World Health Statistics – published today by the World Health Organization (WHO) – assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed.