Magazine article UN Chronicle

Wide Spectrum of Health Issues Addressed by WHO at Fortieth Session

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Wide Spectrum of Health Issues Addressed by WHO at Fortieth Session

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Wide spectrum of health issues addressed by WHO at fortieth session

SEVERE SHORTAGES OF doctors and other health workers in some countries and an oversupply of health professionals in others were among the problems addressed at the fortieth World Health Assembly (Geneva, 4-15 May). Other topics of concern included: the global battle against acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), maternal and infant health care, diarrhoeal disease control, health education against leprosy, standards for food safety, and help for victims of drought and refugees.

The 166-member Assembly, which has endorsed the World Health Organization (WHO) global strategy of Health for All by the Year 2000, also concluded that health was a shared responsibility which rested upon the individual, the community and the government and that the collective commitment of all concerned was required in order to secure adequate economic support for health-for-all strategies.

The legislative body of WHO, the Assembly approved a budget of some $634 million for 1988-1989 and awarded five prizes to persons for outstanding contributions to the health field: the Leon Bernard Foundation Prize to Sir John Reid of the United Kingdom; the A.T. Shousha Foundation Prize to Professor Ahmed Mohamed El-Hassan of Sudan; the Jacques Parisot Foundation Fellowship to Dr. Pamela Mary Enderby of the United Kingdom; the Child Health Foundation Prize to Professor Jose R. Jordan of Cuba; and the Sasakawa Health Prize to Sister Marie Joan Winch of Australia.

Outgoing Assembly President Dr. Zeid Hamzeh of Jordan at the opening session stressed the importance of the WHO strategy of Health for All by the Year 2000 and the role of intersectoral co-operation in national health strategies.

New officers are: Dr. Johan van Londen of the Netherlands; Mrs. Pilar Djombe de Mbuamangongo of Equatorial Guinea; Dr. …

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