‘A good health system finds people where they are, it is easily accessible when and how people need it,’ stated Amanda Banda during the first Global Health Café, organized by ViceVersa in partnership with Wemos and other civil society organizations last Monday. Earlier that day, we spoke with her at Wemos’ office.
This week, European health ministers, high-level representatives and civil society organizations have gathered in Budapest for the 67th session of European member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). In a statement that she delivered on behalf of Medicus Mundi International (MMI), Wemos global health advocate Linda Mans stressed that without investments in health workforce, guaranteeing health security and universal access to health will be an impossible task.
With changing lifestyles and ageing population, chronic diseases have become increasingly common. Bearing this in mind, it has been predicted that by the year 2030, there will be a demand for 40 million new jobs in healthcare worldwide, most of these in high-income countries. In this same period, the shortage of health workforce in low-income countries will have grown to 18 million. These numbers are clear and point to the same conclusion: now, more than ever, we need a global strategy to tackle this unequal distribution. Wemos is glad that all member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) have adopted the five-year plan ‘Health Employment and Economic Growth’ at the recent World Health Assembly in Geneva.
As of July 1st, Tedros Adhanom is the World Health Organization’s new director-general. He succeeds Margaret Chan, who has led the organization since 2007.
At Wemos we believe in evidence-based advocacy. This also means keeping in touch with people who work on the ground and hearing their stories. During the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017, Paul Nedermeijer and I had the opportunity to work with the People’s Health Movement (PHM) and the WHO Watch team. Among the group was Godfrey Philimon, a highly motivated Tanzanian public health advocate. I interviewed him about his perspectives on the human resources for health situation in Tanzania.
At the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Wemos delivered a statement on the roadmap on chemical management in collaboration with Medicus Mundi International and the People’s Health Movement. This is an important moment because the international community is about to adopt this roadmap.
The implementation of the International Health Regulations should focus on strengthening health systems. This was the main message of the statement that Wemos’ global health advocate Renée de Jong delivered on behalf of Medicus Mundi International and People’s Health Movement at this year’s 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva.
This week marks the 70th annual meeting of member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva. At this 70th World Health Assembly, the WHO will also elect a new director-general. The Dutch magazine Medisch Contact spoke with Wemos’ director Mariëlle Bemelmans about what type of leader the WHO needs.
Today is World Health Day, an initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO). This year’s theme, depression, is a pressing health issue worldwide and in the Netherlands. It is therefore important that medication meant for treating depression is safe. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Civil society organizations are concerned about the official endorsement of an official relation between WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) at the WHO Executive Board (EB) meeting this week. In an open letter to the EB, over thirty civil society organizations – including Wemos – expressed their concerns about conflict of interest.