World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

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Participants at the opening of the plenary meeting of the World Health Assembly. [ UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe (Date: 19/05/2009)]

Hundreds of delegates from 194 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) have gathered in Geneva for this year's World Health Assembly which started on Monday.

The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WHO which sets out the Organization's policy and approves its budget.

WHO spokesperson Glenn Thomas outlines some of the issues that are to be discussed during the 66th World Health Assembly.

“Among the issues to be discussed is how to prevent and control non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and chronic lung disease, monitoring progress countries are making towards the Millennium Development Goals, intensification of efforts to eradicate polio, efforts to protect more children from vaccine-preventable diseases, supporting countries in their efforts to move forward with universal health coverage and also the post-2015 agenda on health.” (27")

The World Health Assembly is scheduled to conclude on 28 May.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 55″

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