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CGHH at the 67th World Health Assembly

Posted on 29 May 2014

A report on CGHH activities at the World Health Assembly in Geneva

The Sixty-seventh session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva during 19–24 May 2014. The WHA is the supreme decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The Centre for Global Health Histories’ recent projects were well represented there.

CGHH’s most recent publication ‘Tropical Diseases: A Short History’ has now been published and was launched at two WHA events. The first at the WHO ePORTUGUÊSe network’s side event (a network to strengthen collaboration among Portuguese-speaking countries and facilitate access to health information in Portuguese) on 20th May. The event was chaired by Dr Regina Ungerer – ePORTUGUÊSe Programme Coordinator, who formally launched the book to assembled delegates including the Vice Minister of Health Surveillance at Ministry of Health of Brazil, Dr Jarbas Barbosa, and senior WHO officials. National missions from the Lusophone countries were also in attendance.

On the same day CGHH’s ‘Tuberculosis: A Short history’ featured as part of a WHO side event “Global strategy and targets for tuberculosis: prevent, care and control after 2015” which was convened by the government of Brazil and the WHO TB department. Dr Hooman Momen of the WHO Press introduced the project and book copies were distributed to delegates. Connected to this event, throughout the assembly CGHH’s companion exhibition on the history of tuberculosis was displayed on the main suspended corridor at the UN Palais. 

On Friday 23rd ‘Tropical Diseases: Lessons from History’ was formally launched as part of celebrations to mark 40 years of the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). TDR’s director, Dr John Reeder, introduced the book and GHH project to a standing-room-only audience which included the Directorate General of Health Services, Bangladesh, Assistant Director-General - HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, former director of the African Programme for Onchocerciasis Control, and representatives of several Health Ministries. There was extraordinary demand for the book.

All at CGHH would like to express their gratitude to the University of York, Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders and the Wellcome Trust support of all these projects.