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WHO elections

70th World Health Assembly begins today in Geneva

The Guardian Nigeria tells its readers about the start of the World Health Assembly in Geneva and suggests which issues may top its agenda: the Ebola outbreak in the DRC, the Cerebro Spinal Meningitis epidemic in Nigeria, not excluding the important election of a new director general to succeed Margaret Chan

May 22, 2017
Guardian Nigeria

China warns Taiwan of continued lockout from WHO assembly

China’s health minister has all but slammed the door on any more participation for Taiwan at the World Health Organization’s annual assembly until the island accepts the ‘One China’ principle. Health Minister Li Bin blamed the Taiwanese President’s party, saying its refusal to accept the idea of a single China has torpedoed its ambitions to attend, leading to the first lock out of Taiwan as an observer state since 2008

May 21, 2017
San Fransisco Chronicle

Shut out of U.N. forum, Taiwan slams China's 'coercion and threats'

Taiwan hopes its allies will stand up to China’s ‘coercion and threats’ that have shut it out of the UN’s annual World Health Assembly, Taiwanese Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung told Reuters

May 20, 2017

WHO bars Taiwanese media from covering annual meeting

The United Nations’ exclusion of Taiwan moved toward media coverage as members of the Taiwanese press corp were barred from covering this year’s World Health Assembly in Geneva. China Post reports that WHO has refused the Central News Agency from Taiwan any press passes to cover this year’s event. The Deputy Foreign Minister Wu Chih-chung accused the WHO of ‘violating its own charter with the whole world watching’ 

May 15, 2017
China Post

Taiwan wants to join WHA: Foreign Ministry asks friends for help

Taiwan says they have submitted a proposal to its allied to formally ask the WHO to invite Taiwan to the World Health Assembly 

May 15, 2017
China Post

Does Taiwan’s WHA Exclusion Really Matter? An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Biggest Healt...

The News Lens discusses Taiwan’s official exclusion from the World Health Assembly and asks the question as to whether this really matters

May 15, 2017
The News Lens

World Health Assembly to meet

The Hindu Business Line reports on the forthcoming World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva which starts fully next week. It outlines the planned agenda and highlights the Assembly’s plans to focus on issues such as access to medicine, referring to a recent high-level UN report on the matter

May 15, 2017
Hindu BusinessLine

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Protecting breastfeeding in Emergencies

Statement from Patti Rundall, Policy Director of Baby Milk Action, to the World Health Assembly calling for support in protecting breastfeeding in emergencies that the organization is tasked with responding to. Rundall reiterated the importance that so many myths surround these crisis such as: ‘women can’t breastfeed because of stress or malnourishment.’ She said ‘rarely do appeals for aid highlight the resilience of breastfeeding or that artificially fed babies can face more risks to their survival’

May 22, 2017
Baby Milk Action

Non communicable diseases

Funding the fight against disease

The FT’s Andrew Jack and Darren Dodd report on the World Health Assembly and highlight the rising concern about non-communicable diseases, a growing burden on governments in poorer as well as richer countries, so they point to a resolution on dementia and that fewer than 30 countries even have a dementia plan to respond. They also highlight WHO’s resources, with its budget up 3% on the previous year and the dependence on 22% from the U.S., adding that Mr Tedros needs to refocus the agency and bring in the pledged funding to justify his salary

June 2, 2017

Draft Cancer Resolution Might Be Set For Approval At World Health Assembly

According to sources, countries have agreed in the nick of time on a draft resolution on cancer prevention, control and access to cancer medicines, and in particular, the price of new cancer medicines, to be examined at the World Health Assembly. If the resolution passes there will be a technical report for January 2019 looking at pricing approaches, including transparency, the impact of availability and affordability for medicines for the prevention and treatment of cancer

May 19, 2017

Health systems

Swiss minister condemns attacks on health facilities

Swiss Health Minister, Alain Berset, addressed delegates at the World Health Assembly. He condemned attacks on health workers and health facilities around the world. He urged countries to put the UN Sustainable Development Goals at the centre of health policy and to guarantee health coverage for all, including migrants

May 22, 2017

Clock is ticking for WHO decision over Taiwan

An editorial in Nature Magazine discusses the history of the World Health Organization and its decision to not invite Taiwanese health authorities to the World Health Assembly. The suggestion is there is a risk that this will allow regional politics to hamper public health as it makes disease outbreak management harder – the magazine points to the 2003 SAR virus outbreak as evidence. Nature cites some health experts as calling for Taiwan not to be excluded but others say it is not a problem as the meeting is largely symbolic

May 19, 2017

Communicable diseases

China says Taiwan health not at risk by absence from U.N. meeting

China says Taiwan health is not at risk by its absence from the World Health Assembly meeting as there is no barrier to technical or medical exchanges. Taiwan accuses China of politicizing health and putting the health of people on the island at risk and says it will send a delegation even if it has no official invitation. Both Japan and the U.S. support Taiwan’s World Health Assembly bid to attend

May 10, 2017
May 9, 2017
Reuters, Reuters
May 10, 2017
May 9, 2017
South China Morning Post, Focus Taiwan, China Post