74th World Health Assembly

(GS PAPER- 3 INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

SOURCE: THE HINDU)

Context:

Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Chairman of WHO Executive Board, Dr Harsh Vardhan, chaired 74th World Health Assembly in virtual mode

Key points:

  • Director-General of World Health Organization, Dr Tedros, also participated in the event.
  • According to Dr Harsh Vardhan, the executive board has asked for further efforts which can ensure fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines under COVAX Facility.
  • Board recommended the 74th World Health Assembly to consider a report on mental health preparedness and response for Covid-19 pandemic.
  • It further recommended an updated comprehensive Mental Health Action Plan for 2013 to 2030 and encouraged WHO to work in collaboration with World Organization for Animal Health and Food & Agriculture Organization so that the source of zoonotic virus can be identified.

 

World Health Assembly:

The World Health assembly is the key decision-making body of WHO. Assembly is attended by delegations from Member States of WHO. It focuses on a specific health agenda, prepared by the Executive Board. Primary functions of the assembly include- determining policies of Organization, appointing Director-General, supervising financial policies, and reviewing & approving proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held in Geneva, Switzerland annually.

Khyati Khare

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