Just before WHO Director-General Margaret Chan gave her plenary speech to the World Health Assembly delegates on May 18, the Assembly held a moment of silence and a candle was lit in memory of the many health workers killed in the line of duty.

By Caity Jackson As the World Health Assembly meets this week, two main items dominate the agenda: WHO reform and the post-2015 development priorities. Antimicrobial resistance is also as key focus, as is the rise in noncommunicable diseases around the world.

Admitting that its response to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak was seriously flawed, WHO leadership—including Director-General Margaret Chan, the deputy director-general and regional directors—published a statement addressing lessons learned and next steps late last week.…

1 grim, grimy statistic leads to another and another: Just 20% of health facilities in Mali provide clean water. Dirty water and the lack of safe toilets are among the top 5 killers of women worldwide. 1 in 5 newborn deaths could be prevented with safe water, sanitation and…

Nearly every January since 2003, Alfred Sommer has journeyed to Switzerland to participate in the annual World Economic Forum. This year Sommer, Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, sent GHN his highlights on health from Davos.

Last month, Tim France and Jeffery Lazarus of Inis Communication and Health Systems Global, respectively, released a modified version of the WHO Health Systems Framework, integrating communication and patient engagement with the existing building blocks.