EHS-COVID (29) WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the World Health Assembly

11 November, 2020

Below are extracts from Dr Tedros WHO Director-General's opening remarks at the World Health Assembly (9 November). Read in full here: https://www.who.int/director-general/speeches/detail/who-director-genera...

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Almost 50 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 1.2 million people have lost their lives.

Millions more have died due to disruption of essential health services...

Much of our work this year has been directed at supporting Member States to maintain essential health services, which have been severely disrupted in many countries as a result of the pandemic.

In a WHO survey of 105 countries in August, almost all reported disruption to 25 essential health services, including outpatient care, diagnosis and treatment for communicable and noncommunicable diseases, family planning, mental health conditions and more...

Every day, our 8000 staff all over the world are working in ways most people never see to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable...

Two years ago, this Assembly approved the most ambitious strategic plan in WHO’s history, designed to help you, our Member States, deliver a measurable impact in your countries.

All 150 country offices have now developed their own plans to support and implement the General Programme of Work, and as part of our transformation of performance management, every single staff member has now linked their day-to-day work to the GPW...

It’s time for the world to heal...

The rule of the game is cooperation, solidarity, compassion, peace.

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Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org