The 72nd World Health Assembly – A decisive moment for the WHO, UHC and Eye Health

Head of Policy and Advocacy
Organisation: IAPB

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is an annual gathering of all the world’s health ministers and a key opportunity for advocates to be seen and heard on their respective health issues. This year, the theme of the WHA was “Health for All” and as such there was a strong focus on closing the gap and…

Charting the World Report on Vision

Director, Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention
Organisation: World Health Organization

I recently participated in a side event on eye health held during the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA), where several Member States issued a call for a World Report on Vision. In my time at WHO I have overseen the development of several world reports – on violence prevention, road safety and diabetes among others…

World Health Assembly: A Side-Event, and a Call for a New Report

Director of Advocacy and Interim CEO
Organisation: IAPB

(Photo credit: ORBIS UK) Australia and Burkina Faso, Indonesia and Czech Republic, Guatemala and Austria, Kenya and Cook Island, Ethiopia and Pakistan, China, Malta, and Tonga: You may wonder why I have chosen to start this post with this list of very diverse countries. Well, they co-hosted a Side Event at this year’s World Health…

WHA70 Member State Side Event: Towards Universal Eye Health

Communications Manager
Organisation: IAPB

70th World Health Assembly Member State Side Event Towards Universal Eye Health: Taking stock of progress against the Global Action Plan – what’s working and where to from here? Thursday 25 May 2017 12.30pm – 2.00pm Room XXIV (24), Palais des Nations, Geneva Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be simultaneous translation…

Attention to eye care as ageing strategy aims to maximise health and well-being of older persons

IAPB Advocacy Manager
Organisation: IAPB

IAPB has been active in influencing the development of the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health (GSAP) to be considered for adoption this May at the World Health Assembly. This has included contributing to consultations with some issues successfully taken up. Speaking with members of the WHO ageing and life-course team at…

GAP Update

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

July 2014 This is the first in what will become a regular feature from Peter Ackland updating you on latest developments that are contributing to the implementation of the WHA resolution 66.4 “Universal Eye Health: A global action plan 2014 – 2019”.  Where better to start this new series than the very first action articulated…

WHO and World Bank disappoint in the latest Post-2015 thinking

Chief Executive of IAPB
Organisation: IAPB

At the 67th WHA, Assistant Director General Marie-Paule Kieny unveiled WHO’s latest thinking with regard to the health goal in the post-2015 thinking – there is an overall goal of “Ensure healthy lives and universal health coverage at all ages” together with four sub-goals (click on image). Overall, this appears to be shaping up well…