New Framework for Health Emergencies Presented at the World Health Assembly

Created on Monday, 01 June 2015

The 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) took place from 18th to 26th May in Geneva, Switzerland. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is attended yearly by delegates from all WHO Member States. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the WHO, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

At this year’s World Health Assembly, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan presented the framework for the creation of a single new WHO programme for health emergencies. The new programme will be independent from the WHO and have its own business rules and operational platforms. A new global health emergency workforce will be set up as part of the new programme. According to the WHO Director-General, a new US$100 million contingency fund is necessary to carry out the programme. The changes envisioned in the programme should be complete by the end of this year.

More information and highlights from the WHA are available here.