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WHO DG calls on world to ‘choose health’

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 Health Desk-10 Nov, 2020: The resumed 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA73) opened to the tune of the classic hit song ‘We are Family ‘by Sister Sledge, the Kingdom of Tonga Nurses Choir and a powerful speech by the WHO Director-General calling for predictable and sustainable WHO funding, the launch of a Universal Health and Preparedness Review and the need to reimagine global leadership and forge a new era of cooperation reflecting the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dr Tedros called on Member States to address the shocking and expanding imbalance between assessed contributions and voluntary, largely earmarked funds, observing that WHO’s annual budget is equivalent to what the world spends on tobacco products in a single day.

He warned that a vaccine cannot address the global under-investment in essential public health functions and resilient health systems, nor the urgent need for a One Health approach.