Month archive: June, 2019

Our key takeaways from the 72nd World Health Assembly

Winne van Woerden

Last month in Geneva, from 22-28 May, the 72th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place, an annually returning event where World Health Organization (WHO) delegates convene to discuss health-related issues. Several global health advocates travelled to Switzerland to represent Wemos at the WHA and present some of our work to other delegates. Two of them – Lisa Seidelmann and Amanda Banda – look back on their visit and their key takeaways.

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This is our strategy for 2019-2023

We are thrilled to present our strategy for the period 2019-2023. Based on current trends and shifts in global health, we have sharpened our strategy and the critical issues we work on. In the coming years we will continue to work closely with partner organisations, and stay committed to striving for structural change to improve global public health, advocating the right to health for all.

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A Global Action Plan for SDG3

In 2018, the governments of Ghana, Germany and Norway requested the World Health Organization (WHO) to take the lead in an initiative to improve the coordination of international cooperation in the health sector. As a result, 12 multilateral organizations involved in the health sector are preparing a plan to accelerate, align, account and assess their efforts in the health sector for realizing the Sustainable Development Goal for health: SDG3. We applaud this initiative; here is our input for an online civil society consultation.

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Wemos’ voting advice in response to recent debate on medicines policy

At the beginning of this month, members of the Dutch Parliaments’ committee on Health, Welfare and Sport had a debate on medicines policy in The Netherlands. Subsequent to this debate, multiple motions have been submitted on which a voting session will take place today in The Hague. Prior to today’s voting round, Wemos wrote a voting advisory piece addressing the members of the committee, holding them accountable for their needed commitment towards these important issues.

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