WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus kicked off the agency’s 146th Executive Board meeting in Geneva this morning with a rundown of WHO-led accomplishments in 2019—and a call for solidarity in the face of a challenging year ahead.

World Health Assembly delegates agreed to press for more transparency on drug pricing today—but stopped short of compelling pharmaceutical companies to disclose R&D costs, Reuters reports.  

Each May, the World Health Assembly brings a whirlwind of global health debate and discussion to the UN’s Palais des Nations in Geneva. Loyce Pace, president and executive director of the Global Health Council, was there again this year to advocate the organization’s…

A standing room-only crowd at a #WHA72 side event yesterday heard from multiple country representatives speaking out on the need for transparency in R&D costs and drug prices in different countries.   “They were all saying that the high prices of medicines were very…

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…