72nd World Health Assembly Opening speech by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

This is the opening speech of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization on 20th of May 2019 at the 72nd World Health Assembly.

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States, and it focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

What should take your breath away? Never tobacco – show us what takes your breath away

Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization (WHO) and global partners celebrate World No Tobacco Day. This year’s theme, “Don’t Let Tobacco Take Your Breath Away”, focuses on tobacco and lung health, and highlights the fundamental role lungs play in people’s health and well-being.

We invite you to get directly involved in the campaign by sharing breath-taking moments from your life on social media, telling the world why they take your breath away, instead of tobacco. Watch this video to find out how to join the campaign.

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What should take your breath away? Never tobacco

People around the world are showing that there are better ways than tobacco to take your breath away.

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Heart Attack Rewind: WHO raises awareness of the dangers of trans fat

Trans fat causes over 500,000 deaths every year, yet is completely replaceable and doesn’t alter the cost or taste of food. This 30-second video demonstrates the harmful effects of trans fat in food and cooking and its link to cardiovascular disease. This video can be used to raise awareness of the dangers of trans fat among the general public and to help encourage a supportive civic environment for trans fat elimination policies.

Contingency Fund for Emergencies - Enabling quick action to save lives

The Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE) enables WHO to quickly respond to disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises with health consequences before other donor funding is mobilized. This can stop a health emergency from spiralling out of control, saving resources and lives. So far the CFE has enabled WHO to get quick starts on around 60 disease outbreaks, humanitarian crises and natural disasters, allocating more than US$ 77 million. In 2018, nearly US$ 38 million was released by the CFE allowing WHO to support health emergencies in 29 countries.

World No Tobacco Day 2019: Don’t let tobacco take your breath away

The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2019 is on "tobacco and lung health." The most effective measure to improve lung health is to reduce tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure.
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International Nurses Day Address from WHO Chief Nursing Officer, Elizabeth Iro.

Nurses work in every sector of the globe and are the foundation for the humane provision of healthcare.

This year, the theme for International Nurses Day is: “Nurses-A Voice to Lead, Health for All”.

Midwives Are Defenders of the Rights of Women; International Day of the Midwife, 6 May 2019

Elizabeth Iro, WHO's Chief Nursing Officer, gives a message for International Day of the Midwife.


Все, включая, пациентов и медицинских работников , должны вносить свой вклад в обеспечение безопасности лекарственных средств. Этот видеоматериал подготовлен в рамках кампании ВОЗ, направленной на снижение вреда, связанного с приемом лекарств, путем совершенствования методов работы и сокращения случаев ошибок, связанных с применением лекарственных средств.

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A safer road for others is a safer road for you

About 3,700 people are killed every day on the world’s roads, and tens of thousands are seriously injured. The Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2019) highlights the need for more effective leadership for road safety to accelerate action to save lives. In this video World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros notes that “a safer road for others is a safer road for you”; he calls upon all of us to play our part in making the roads safe for everyone.

Safe listening devices: launch of global standards by WHO and ITU

Nearly 50% of people aged 12-35 years – or 1.1 billion young people – are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music they listen to through personal audio devices. Ahead of World Hearing Day (3 March), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) have issued a new international standard for the manufacture and use of these devices, which include smartphones and audio players, to make them safer for listening.

The launch of these standards was held at WHO headquarters with Ricky Kej, Grammy Award Winner, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's Director-General, and Malcolm Johnson, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU.

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Clean care for all - It's in your hands! WHO global hand hygiene campaign day - 5 May 2019

This WHO video provides promotional and instructional messages for the 5 May 2019 SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign - people can use this video at their events on or around 5 May 2018 to stimulate engagement and infection prevention and control and hand hygiene action in support of "clear care for all" and quality "health for all". These important messages are provided by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusand, Director General WHO, and Professor Didier Pittet, Director WHO Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety and Infection Control in Geneva.”

Restoring health services after the cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai caused extensive damage to the roof of Beira Central Hospital, meaning all 7 of its operating theatres are not functioning.

WHO is working with the Mozambican Ministry of Health and partners to assess the damage and make some emergency repairs so that the hospital can provide surgical care again.

Link to https://www.who.int/emergencies/cyclone-idai/en/

Cyclone Idai: disease detection and response in Mozambique

In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, hundreds of thousands of Mozambicans were left without shelter, food or access to health services. Many people have been living in temporary settlements without access to safe water and sanitation, putting them at high risk of diseases like cholera, malaria and measles.

Under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, WHO is rolling out its early warning alert and response system (known as EWARS-in-a-Box) to rapidly detect priority epidemic-prone diseases and allow a quick response before they develop into large outbreaks.

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The WHO investment case

The next five years are critical for the world to stay on track to deliver health and well-being for all people and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Success will require unfailing political and financial commitment, including domestic health investment, from all of our partners. WHO needs US$ 14.1 billion over the next five years, greater flexibility and alignment of funding to ensure that every dollar can be applied to reaching these targets. Nothing we have achieved would be possible without the generosity of our partners.

Find out more about the investment case https://www.who.int/about/planning-finance-and-accountability/financing-campaign/investing-global-investing-local
and the Inaugural Partners Forum: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/inaugural-partners-forum