It is not quite time to declare it the ‘best of times and worst of times’ for the global effort to eradicate polio, but two new outbreaks of the infectious disease definitely puts a damper on the celebration regarding renewed international financial commitments.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The new head of WHO says his top priority is achieving universal health coverage – guaranteeing everyone access to basic healthcare regardless of location or economic status. The idea is hardly new, and has its opponents, but there appears new momentum worldwide to finally achieving it.
Today the World Health Organization (WHO) voted in a new director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, in a contentious and unprecedented election. But yesterday, in her final speech to the World Health Assembly, outgoing Director-General Margaret Chan chose to address the political unrest beyond Geneva that has many questioning the relevance and future of the WHO.