2001 WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY
The World Health Assembly
(WHA) is the annual meeting of the 191 Member States of the World
Health Organization (WHO) and its highest governing body. The 54th
WHA takes place this year from 14 to 22 May at the United Nations
"Palais des Nations" in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Assembly will adopt WHO’s budget for the
biennium 2002-2003 and decide whether it should be a zero real growth
or zero-nominal growth budget.
In her address to the WHA, Director-General Dr Gro
Harlem Brundtland will discuss the concrete steps needed to scale up
efforts against diseases associated with poverty and the growing
importance and scope of WHO’s work.
Featured speakers at the WHA will include Noerine
Kaleeba, founder of the AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda) and
programme development adviser for Africa to UNAIDS, and Diane Froggatt,
Executive Director and Secretary of the World Fellowship for
Schizophrenia and Allied Disorders.
Among the issues to be debated by the Assembly are:
- The global strategy for infant and young child feeding
- Strengthening health systems
- Strategies to combat HIV/AIDS, including access to essential
- Health effects of depleted uranium.
The Assembly will include a series of roundtable
discussions on mental health that will address such issues as stigma
and human rights violations, and gender disparities.
Also scheduled are noon-time technical briefings
- Threats to global health security
- Tobacco product regulation
- Violence and health
- Polio eradication
- Scaling Up the Efforts To Combat the Diseases Associated with
A series of lunch-time press activities is also
being arranged on subjects such as tuberculosis and polio. In addition
to the awards given every year at the World Health Assembly, a special
awards ceremony will honour the winners of the Global School Contest
on Mental Health: seven year-old Dhruv Suri of New Delhi, India ;
14-year-old Tang Shu-wei from Guangdong Province, China; and
17-year-old Bibbie Kumangai of Palau.
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Office of the Spokesperson, WHO, Geneva. Telephone (+41 22) 791 25 99.
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