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World Health Assembly Opens In Geneva; Member States To Elect New DG, Address Budget, Outbreak Preparedness, Other Issues

Agence France-Presse: Reform on the menu as WHO votes for new chief “The World Health Organization’s 194 members on Tuesday choose among three candidates to replace Margaret Chan as global health supremo, with each pledging to reform an agency under scrutiny…” (5/23). CIDRAP News: WHA hears Chan’s farewell, prepares to…

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After Lobbying For WHA Invitation, Taiwan Officially Locked Out Of Meeting; U.S. Secretary Of Health Voices Support For Taiwan’s Attendance

Associated Press: Taiwanese minister: China is playing politics with health “Taiwan’s health minister on Monday accused China of playing politics with health after Taiwan was blocked from taking part in the annual meeting of the governing body of the World Health Organization for the first time since 2008. Health and…

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New WFP Executive Director David Beasley Calls South Sudan’s Famine ‘Deplorable,’ Expects ‘Dog Fight’ Over U.S. FY18 Funding For Agency

Associated Press: AP Interview: WFP chief says 600,000 kids risk famine death “A tough-talking former Republican governor with friends in the Trump administration has become the unexpected booster of one of the United Nations agencies facing potentially deep U.S. funding cuts. David Beasley, the new executive director of the World…

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Myanmar’s Ongoing Reforms Not Yet Benefiting Children, UNICEF Alert Says

The Guardian: Up to 150 children under five die each day in Aung San Suu Kyi’s Myanmar “As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the U.N. children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks…

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U.N. Working Group Releases New Report On Health, Human Rights Of Women, Children, Adolescents

WHO: Leading the realization of human rights to health and through health “At a high-level side event [at the World Health Assembly], the Report of the High-Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was officially handed over to WHO’s Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan.…

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Opinion Pieces Discuss Election Of, Highlight Issues To Be Addressed By Next WHO Director General

Foreign Policy: Who’s Going to Be the Next Leader of WHO? Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations “…This week, the Donald Trump administration will send a delegation to Geneva, casting its first U.N. leadership votes and weighing in on a long roster of…

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WHO Releases Statement On Travel Costs

WHO: WHO travel to support program work “Travel is an essential aspect of WHO’s global health work — convening experts for collective decision-making on health interventions or traveling experts anywhere in the world that requires technical assistance for global health. … WHO has clear travel policies, recently strengthened by Director-General…

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Associated Press Examines WHO’s Travel Expenses

Associated Press: AP Exclusive: Health agency spends more on travel than AIDS “…According to internal documents obtained by the Associated Press, the United Nations health agency routinely has spent about $200 million a year on travel expenses, more than what it doles out to fight some of the biggest problems…

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WHO Member States To Cast Ballots For New Director General In Tuesday Election

Associated Press: 3 vie for top WHO post in U.N. health agency election “A British physician, an Ethiopian former health minister, and a Pakistani expert in non-communicable diseases are the three finalists vying for the top job at the World Health Organization in an election on Tuesday, aspiring to land…

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Taiwan Locked Out Of World Health Assembly; Taiwanese Health Minister In Geneva To Attend Bilateral Meetings

Associated Press: 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’s government accepts the ‘One China’ principle…” (Keaton, 5/22). Reuters: Interview: Shut out of U.N.…

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