Health emergencies, polio eradication and access to medicines and vaccines are among the priority issues to be discussed at the 144th session of the World Health Organization’s (WHO's) Executive Board, which gets underway tomorrow (January 24th).
The 34-member Board meets at least twice a year, and its main function is to give effect to the decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.
Members attending the meeting this week will also discuss progress on universal health coverage including a new report examining the opportunities and challenges associated with community health workers delivering primary health care. Climate change and the environment are also high on the agenda with plans for members to discuss a new draft WHO global strategy on health, environment and climate change.
In addition to key health issues, members attending the meeting will discuss a range of strategic priority matters, including the proposed budget for 2020-2021, the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and how the WHO’s new five-year strategic plan can be implemented.