Issues for consideration at the WHO Executive Board
Distinguished members of the Executive Board of WHO,
On behalf of the People’s Health Movement and a number of affiliated networks I submit the comments and suggestions included below regarding some of the items appearing on the agenda of the WHO Executive Board. We hope that you may find time to read and consider these comments before the relevant discussions at the EB. We hope that you find them useful.
Among the positive stories of 2010 - two crucial new medical tools could benefit people in developing countries: a new vaccine could prevent the worst meningitis epidemics in Africa if there is political will to vaccinate broadly in all 25 affected countries, and a new test for tuberculosis could improve diagnosis, while reducing the time it takes to detect drug-resistant forms of the disease from nearly three months to less than two hours.
Dr Sen has an illustrious record of over 25 years of selfless public service in areas of health and human rights. He has been an active member and former convenor of the Medico Friend Circle, a national organization of health professionals working towards an alternative health system responsive to the needs of the poor. He has been closely associated with the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, the Indian chapter of the People’s Health Movement. In recognition of his work, the Christian Medical College, Vellore conferred on him the Paul Harrison Award in 2004, which is the highest award given to an alumnus for distinguished service in rural areas. He continues to be an inspiration to successive generations of students and faculty. Many of his articles based on his work have been internationally appreciated. His indictment under the draconian and undemocratic Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2006, and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 is utterly condemnable.
Fidel Castro comments on the Cholera Epidemic and the politics of UN Mission in Haiti.
MINUSTAH and the Epidemic: Cholera in Haiti
By FIDEL CASTRO
About three weeks ago news and photos were published showing Haitian citizens throwing stones and protesting in indignation against the forces of MINUSTAH, accusing it of having transmitted cholera to that country by way of a Nepalese soldier.
“…..The objective was to transform the evidence, gathered from studies in a diversity of settings, into a menu of options for raising sufficient resources and removing financial barriers to access, especially for the poor. As indicated by the subtitle, the emphasis is firmly placed on moving towards universal coverage, a goal currently at the centre of debates about health service provision.
United Nations, 4 November 2010—Most developing countries made dramatic yet often underestimated progress in health, education and basic living standards in recent decades, with many of the poorest countries posting the greatest gains, reveals a detailed new analysis of long-term Human Development Index (HDI) trends in the 2010 Human Development Report, released here today.
“….., is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress.
The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education- and health based criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time.
The World Health Organization has revealed the names of the 16 experts/advisors on its emergency committee, which recommended the declaration of the H1N1 pandemic in June 2009, showing that five of them have or have had ties with the pharmaceutical industry.
Their identities were revealed after the committee was dissolved following the announcement of the end of the H1N1 influenza pandemic by the WHO on 10 August, which had always been the organization's plan.
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