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Commentaries 2017

Commentaries bring the view of WHO’s leadership on current public health issues



Neglected tropical diseases: A proxy for equitable development and shared prosperity

"Increased donations of essential medicines have enabled access to treatment for almost a billion people."

Dr Dirk Engels, WHO Director, Department of Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)


Antimicrobial resistance: translating political commitment into national action

"In the past two years, we have seen global political momentum for addressing antimicrobial resistance."

Dr Hajime Inoue, Senior Advisor to the Director-General and Special Representative for Antimicrobial Resistance and Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director-General for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases


She decides on her health, her future

"On International Women’s Day, we must all unequivocally reaffirm our commitment to gender equality and women's and girls' fundamental rights."

Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director-General of WHO and Vice-Chair of GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance


Reaching everyone, everywhere with life-saving vaccines

"Immunization is a cornerstone of global health security in an interconnected world where diseases do not respect national borders."

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, Seth Berkley, Chief Executive Officer of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance


Zika: We must be ready for the long haul

"Like every other explosive outbreak, Zika revealed fault lines in the world’s collective preparedness."

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO


Working as one UN to address the root environmental causes of ill health

"We now know that the single greatest environmental risk to human health is through our most basic need – the air that we breathe."

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO, Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of World Meteorological Organization and Erik Solheim, Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme


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