World Health Organisation (WHO)
Should WHO’s Executive Board be discussing a more ambitious agenda?

The World Health Organization’s Executive Board`s agenda fails to incorporate global health governance discussions. Nicoletta Dentico and Lauren Paremoer clarify what’s missing at the EB table.

Why is monkeypox in the news?

From 1970 onwards, sporadic monkeypox outbreaks have occurred in Central and West Africa which have been constantly ignored by Western countries as well as mainstream media.

IP at World Health Assembly Private monopolies hinder progress on public health: intellectual property at the 75th World Health Assembly

Obstruction by pharmaceutical companies from the Global North and misuse of monopoly privileges continue to slow down research into new vaccines and medicines, with disastrous effects for people’s health in the Global South. Discussions at the 75th World Health Assembly did little to address this

Obesity WHA Obesity pandemic at the World Health Assembly: when the unhinged market feeds disease

This year’s World Health Assembly prominently featured discussions obesity. However, the implementation of serious policies to deal with the issue is being undermined by the multi-stakeholder approach, which is letting industries influence the conversation. 

Sustainable financing Sustainably financing the World Health Organization

Sustainable financing of the WHO was one of the most anticipated topics of the 75th World Health Assembly. Although progress has been made through efforts of a designated working group, worries remain that the planned increase will not be enough to meet actual needs

World Health Assembly World Health Assembly falls short of insulating food and alcohol plans from commercial interests

Without stronger action to counter the influence of transnational alcohol and food companies, industry-propelled health harm will continue to persist

African Medicine Agency Push for more regulation and ‘quality controls’ may further complicate medicine supply in Africa  

The creation of the African Medicines Agency with the objective of maintaining European standards for medicines in the continent may hamper the supply of regular and economical versions of medicines in areas where access is already skewed 

World Health Day: Building a world where life is put before profit

The significance of this day is being felt now more than ever as we stand in the midst of a pandemic

Palestinian healthcare is crumbling in face of COVID-19, Israeli occupation

Authorities are worried that if drastic steps are not taken, the health system might face a major crisis putting the lives and health of Palestinian people at risk

US quitting WHO will hit global responses to pandemics, vaccine development

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the US decision to leave the World Health Organization. He points out that this is yet another instance of US exceptionalism and describes how the country iis one of the largest beneficiaries of WHO’s vaccine program.

Pakistan COVID 19 Pakistan struggles with rising number of COVID-19 cases

Pakistan has the second highest number of cases in south Asia after India. The World Health Organization had earlier recommended the re-imposition of restrictions that had been lifted by the government of Pakistan.

International Criminal Court vs US exceptionalism

Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha analyses the decision by the Donald Trump administration to impose sanctions on the International Criminal Court. The ICC is conducting a probe into war crimes by the US in Afghanistan.