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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
Director-General

Closing speech for the 71st World Health Assembly

Palais des Nations, Geneva
26 May 2018

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

Sometimes the challenges of our world can feel overwhelming.

Poverty. Hunger. Inequality. Pollution. Violence. War. Disease.

But we come together as the nations of the world because we choose not to be...

Noncommunicable diseases

Health Assembly delegates called for stepped up action in the global fight to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including urging for participation by heads of state and government at the Third United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs on 27 September 2018.

Member States reiterated that the international...

World Health Assembly delegates today agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. The Organization’s 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals – with a particular focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030.

It sets three targets: to ensure that by 2023...

Ebola outbreak - GENEVA - 23 May 2017. Delegates to the World Health Assembly heard today that the next few weeks would tell whether the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo would continue to expand to urban areas or could be kept under control. Vaccination of high-risk populations began earlier this week in the affected area of the country, a densely forested area...

24 May 2018 – GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank Group today launched a new mechanism to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring and regular reporting of preparedness to tackle outbreaks, pandemics, and other emergencies with health consequences.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and World Bank Group...

Geneva - 21 May 2018 - The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo, with the support of WHO and partners, is preparing to vaccinate high risk populations against Ebola virus disease (EVD) in affected health zones.

Health workers operating in affected areas are being vaccinated today and community outreach has started to prepare for the ring vaccination.

More than 7,500...

It is an honour to address you this morning.

Good health is what we wish most, all of us, for our loved ones and without it nothing else matters.

Health is also the currency of progress.

I want to begin by underlining that Universal Health Coverage is Africa’s priority and it is the world’s priority.

The Africa Health Strategy recently adopted by the African Union, in the context of...

Tuesday 15 May 2018 | Geneva - Today, many people are unable to get tested for diseases because they cannot access diagnostic services. Many are incorrectly diagnosed. As a result, they do not receive the treatment they need and, in some cases, may actually receive the wrong treatment.


For example, an estimated 46% of adults with Type 2 diabetes worldwide are undiagnosed, risking...

May 17 2018 – BRAZZAVILLE/GENEVA/KINSHASA – One new case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, a city of nearly 1.2 million people in Equateur Province in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Ministry of Health of the DRC announced the finding, after laboratory tests conducted by the Institut National de...

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