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WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION ADVISES GOVTS TO BE MORE SERIOUS WITH HANDLING HEALTH ISSUES… – Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together

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The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy and threatened to undo decades of progress made in health care Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together is the latest in a series of titles produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization. It calls on key actors to unite in their response to the pandemic and other imminent and long-term threats The publication will launch during the World Health Summit, on 25–27 October – which, this year, will take place as a fully digital, interactive conference with a free-to-view programme – and coincides with the 75th anniversary of the United Nation General Assembly The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption and challenges to the global economy and populations worldwide. It has highlighted and widened the existing gaps in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and laid bare the pressing need for high-quality essential health services for all – without a price tag. Health: A Political Choice – Act Now, Together, which launches during this year’s virtual World Health Summit on 25–27 October, and coincides with the 75th anniversary of the UN General Assembly, calls on world leaders and politicians to unite in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other imminent and long-term threats to population health and the global economy. It is the latest in a series of titles produced in collaboration with the World Health Organization, the first of which – Health: A Political Choice – called for UHC. This year’s edition features another prestigious line-up of authors, including Amina J. Mohammed, deputy secretary-general of the UN, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the WHO and president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa. Calling for coordinated action in response to COVID-19 and on other pressing health-related issues, the publication focuses on five key areas: Inclusive economics, defined by a new social contract and the pursuit of progress for all The fundamental requirements for a healthy life and equitable health care Equitable investments and how to make UHC a reality Health in the digital age and how technology can help reshape the human rights agenda The long-term outlook on global health Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said: “It has never been clearer that health is a political and economic choice. In the past 20 years, countries have invested heavily in preparing for terrorist attacks, but relatively little in preparing for the attack of a virus – which, as the COVID-19…

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