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Centre for Global Health Histories at the 68th World Health Assembly

Posted on 11 June 2015

CGHH launched its latest publication, 'Health for All: The Journey to Universal Health Coverage', at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

The 68th World Health Assembly was held in May 2015. The Assembly, held annually in Geneva, Switzerland is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). More than 3000 delegates from WHO’s 194 Member States – including a large proportion of the world’s health ministers – attended.

The Department of History’s Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) was also in attendance, for a special assembly event. ‘Universal Health Coverage through Primary Health Care: Successes, Challenges and Future Possibilities’, was sponsored by the Sri Lankan Health Ministry, co-organised with the WHO Department for Knowledge, Ethics and Research, and supported generously by the Wellcome Trust. It brought country experience of Brazil and Sri Lanka and global perspectives on anti-microbial resistance and faith-based organizations. A full report on this event is available at on the CGHH website.

‌The occasion also marked the official launch of CGHH’s latest publication Health for All: The Journey to Universal Health Coverage. The book, which appears in English and Portuguese, collects chapters based on the 2014 WHO Global Health Histories seminar series as well as new chapters on related questions. 

Dr Henrice Altink, Deputy Head of the Department of History, praised the publication as an excellent and very timely contribution: 'The book and articles within, written by leading academics and practitioners, amply illustrate the Centre's aim to work with partners from all over the world and also to cross the boundaries between history and policy. I have no doubts that, like the preceding publications in the series, this one will be enjoyed and utilised by a wide audience'.

For more detail and to access the book (which is available as a free download) visit the CGHH website.