by Guest Author Remco van de Pas (Wemos Foundation, the Netherlands)
International Health Policies, 30 May 2013
The World Health Assembly (WHA), the annual meeting of WHO’s governing body, in which its 194 Member states review and provide strategic direction for pressing global health issues, ended this week. Important themes such as Universal Health Coverage (UHC), a global action plan for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, health in the post-2015 development agenda, and the International Health Regulations have been discussed. Will the World Bank and WHO be leaders in advancing strong, equitable health systems under the umbrella of UHC, or will the powerful political powers in this world again interpret UHC in their very own way and use the Bank and WHO as convenient vehicles? The story will unfold, and we will be closely watching it!