The World Health Assembly—WHO’s supreme decision-making, policy-setting gabfest—is underway, and GHN is on the ground in Geneva. Follow the latest important (and not-so-important but fun) news from at #WHA72 here.

Air pollution contributes to 5 million deaths globally each year and causes stunted growth, cognitive deficits, heart and lung disease and other problems.  But some cities and countries have made significant progress in reducing air pollution. The key is to know the local…

The WHO can expect more pressure from member states and civil society ahead of May’s World Health Assembly, as the executive board session earlier this month left questions on the table about internal reforms and controversies.   Efforts to make UN meetings more efficient “…

The US delegation to the World Health Assembly fought to remove language urging governments to “protect, promote and support breast-feeding,” and to restrict ads by formula manufacturers this past spring.   Failing, the Americans turned to threats—warning Ecuador of…

GENEVA – Kwanele Asante speaks her mind. And what’s on her mind at this year’s World Health Assembly is real action on noncommunicable diseases.

GENEVA – BA and AA. A bright line clearly divided 2 sections at a World Health Assembly side event on universal health coverage Thursday at the Swiss Press Club. It demarcated “Before Azar” and “After Azar.” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar brought a…

GENEVA – What if you there were a single number assigned to each country that would provide a snapshot of its readiness for disease outbreaks? You would have a quick take on where countries stand—and ideally where they need to improve. And if that number were updated every…

GENEVA – Rwandan Sen. Richard Sezibera spelled out the challenge this way: Ebola in 2014. Zika in 2016. Plague in 2017. Ebola again in 2018. “Microbes have always been on the warpath, and they are reminding us they remain on the warpath,” Sen. Sezibera said at a World…

GENEVA – Noncommunicable diseases are having a bit of a moment. They are sprinkled throughout this year’s World Health Assembly agenda and highlighted in numerous side events. And, of course, NCDs will be spotlighted this fall at a UN high-level meeting that aims to…

The WHO decided Friday that the latest Ebola outbreak is not an international emergency, even as the organization ramped up its response and worries grew as the first confirmed case appeared in a major city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The emergency committee…