72nd World Health Assembly Opening speech by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

thank you you can only see the incredible contribution dr. Richard made in life and the heartbreak of his passing his death is an enormous loss for whu-oh and the people of DRC who he was serving when his life was so brutally and senselessly taken away last month it's also an enormous loss for Cameroon dr. Richard was a proud son of his country Cameron and I thank the government of Cameroon for its support for the Ebola response and for its support for dr. Richards family because it's for them that the loss is the greatest they have lost a husband a father a son a brother our hearts go out to you all the defining mark of dr. Richard's life was service of others he put himself in harm's way so that children families and communities at risk of Ebola could receive the care support and dignity they deserve dr. Richard Valerie made the ultimate sacrifice but that sacrifice will not be in vain it's thanks to people like him that we have made progress against Ebola and it's thanks to people like him that the epidemic will be defeated I had the honor of attending dr. Richard dr. Richards funeral in Cameroon in his hometown Bahia a few weeks ago and the privilege of meeting his wife and their children I was so moved by the lab demonstrated for dr. Richard not only by his family but by the whole community I would like now to invite dr. Richard this family on stage to unveil the plaque that will leave a tablature as a permanent reminder in his life and sacrifice please welcome them [Applause] when when I met a family in Bahia Cameroon I had the privilege as I said earlier to meet the widow here with us and also the first daughter and they have actually four children and the first one is Margaret the second is Simon and the third is Emmanuel and force is natin she is 12 the eldest daughter and the youngest is six in between you have the eight and ten imagine what sacrifice Richard paid not just his best also is des effects the family and four young children and that's why we chose to honor his sacrifice in front of you because I know you're proud of people who are responding daily to defeat not only Ebola but other health problems that we have globally so thank you so much again for joining us Madame and Margaret and we're very happy to have you here and we will do everything to support you in any way possible thank you [Applause] thank you thank you and I believe that that the terrorists would like to also give a medal and some flowers thank you [Applause] thank you [Applause] unfortunately dr. Maas OCO is not the only colleague serving with w-h-o and its partners who have lost their lives in the service of global health so to remember and honor all of those who have lost their lives since the last time that we have met here I'd like to invite us all for a moment of silence it is now with respect admiration and gratitude that we would like to share the next video and a tribute to all those who work in health emergencies disasters conflict and outbreaks of infectious diseases have shown that the world remains at risk from health emergencies that can have a global impact we work with countries to save lives that protect health in every stage of an emergency from prevention to preparedness response recovery and health system strengthening 24 hours a day 365 days a year wh o–'s global surveillance works to detect potential health threats over 7,000 signals are picked up every month in 2018 alone w-h-o identified and responded to 481 new health threats in a hundred and forty-one countries and territories trained over 4,000 people in disease surveillance blood work and health security supported the vaccination of 61 million people against yellow fever almost 60,000 against Ebola and shipped twenty million doses of the oral cholera vaccine to high-risk populations and places like Yemen and Nigeria we protect people's health all around the world every day none of this would be possible without our partners and now for our final component of this morning's high-level segment is with great pleasure that I'd like to invite dr. Ted Rose back to the stage to address this World Health Assembly with his remarks dr. bukang seha bomb president of the world ELLs assembly and your excellency first lady of Kenya Margaret Kenyatta and excellency first lady of the Republic of Congo and unit saw San guei sir excellencies ministers excellencies heads of delegation colleagues and friends for 71 years the world has come together in Geneva to discuss how we can create a healthier safer fairer world this year is no exception over the coast over the course of the next nine days we will all do a lot of talking maybe too much talking but we must also listen we must listen to each other we must listen to the voices of young people like Natasha who will inherit the world we live them by the way when Natasha was walking yesterday I met her yesterday I didn't know even she knows how to talk because she was quite all the time and now you so surprised so that means she speaks when it's necessary to speak which is very important and Richard my friend also said the same thing that we should listen and we must listen to the voices of those who are not here those who have no voice those who have been left behind it's them we are here to serve today I want to describe the achievements of the past year and according to each of the triple billion targets in the general program of work through the stories of some of those people of course to summarize all of WHS achievements from the past year is an impossible task the WTO results report provides a much more detailed and easy-to-read account of the impact we have delivered with the resources entrusted to us needless to say 2018 was an incredible year first the world has made great progress toward the Silverson health average last year I mentioned Kenya's ambitious plans to implement a new UHD scheme with support from whu-oh in December I had the honour of being with President Kenyatta for the launch of that program in kisumu it's already producing results this is immaculate or chana a 33 year old mother of four immaculately is unemployed and had her husband often goes without work but thanks to Kenya's new UHC plan designed with support from de Blasio her family can now access free health services she says I caught just knowing we can access treatment anytime has removed the worry and anxiety that my husband and I used to have my whole family is now registered and I can take any one of my four children to hospital without hesitation and of code and this is Beaulieu Ramba um um bleh a 65 year old laborer from Pune in India about ten years ago Beaulieu began to complain of pain and swelling in his knees it turned out he needed a knee replacement that would cost three times more than his entire family earns in a year then Baldo discovered that he was eligible for free surgery under India's new ayushman Bharat insurance program which was launched last year with support from de Blasio a week later Beaulieu had the operation and began physiotherapy he is now back on his feet and back to work we could tell similar stories from South Africa which passed the national health insurance bill last year or the Philippines where the in-vessel Health Care Act was signed into law in February this year or Egypt which last year passed a new universal health insurance law to be funded in part by a new tax on tobacco or El Salvador with just a month ago passed a new law to integrate health services introduced innovative Al's financing increased access to primary health care and improve regulation of the medicines agency or Greece this is Pantelis leo sees an eight-year old retired musician he has had cancer twice with regular visits to public hospitals and private doctors but thanks to grease cell system reforms he now has a primary health care clinic just ten minutes from his house where he pays nothing for care we support from WH o Greece is expanding its network of primary health care clinics with an emphasis on services for health promotion and prevention the declaration of Astana endorsed by all 194 Member States last year was a vital affirmation that there will be no UHC without primary health care primary health care is where the button for human health is won or lost strong primary health care is the frontline in defending the right to health including sexual and reproductive rights it's through strong primary care that countries can prevent detect and treat non communicable diseases it's through strong primary health care that outbreaks can be detected and stopped before they become epidemics and it's through primary health care that we can protect children and fight the global search in vaccine preventable diseases like measles that's why primary health care is at the heart of immunization agenda 2030 our new strategic initiative which we're designing with you to maximize the power of vaccines because we cannot achieve health for all without vaccines for all of course strong primary health care depends on having a strong health workforce working in teams doctors nurses midwives lab technicians community health workers they all have a role to play but the world is currently facing a shortfall of 18 million health workers to achieve and sustain universal health coverage by 2030 it's imperative that all countries invest in jobs to close that gap and the liver helps for all in addition to WHS work supporting stronger health systems we have also contributed to significant progress against many of the world's leading causes of death and disease just last month we celebrated a historic milestone in the fight against one of the world's ancient diseases with the launch of the world's first malaria vaccine in Malawi and Ghana which is being rolled out based on recommendations from the village a strategic advisory group of experts on immunization this is Gillan beta Taz Jana and her five month old daughter Lucy Tana last month at the Mattoon do community hospital in Malawi Lucy Tana became the first child in the world to be vaccinated outside a clinical trial with the world's first malaria vaccine but even as we introduce new tools we're also working to make better use of the tools we have through the high burden high-impact initiative to reinvigorate progress against malaria last year who's Bacchus tan and Paraguay were certified as being malaria free and at this assembly Argentina and Algeria will join them congratulations to both Argentina and Algeria last year we also launched a new initiative to eliminate cervical cancer which kills more than 300,000 women every single year this is Laura Brennan a 26 year old Irish woman who lost her battle with cervical cancer in March of this year in the last 18 months of her life Laura became a vocal advocate for HPV vaccinations and worked with the damn nature European region to promote it we have now developed a draft global strategy for elimination and we have supported the introduction of HPV vaccination in certain countries and screening and treatment in ten countries we know how important the bleachers normative work is to member states in the past year we have produced hundreds of new normative products that are being integrated into health systems all over the world to protect and promote health we released the 11th edition of the international climate classification of diseases icd-11 ready for adoption at this assembly we pre qualified 200 products including the first heat-stable rotavirus vaccine we published the first essential Diagnostics list the special program on human reproduction published research showing that a new formulation of a drug to prevent life-threatening bleeding after childbirth is a safe and effective is safe and effective at the gold standard the first un high-level meeting on tuberculosis show unprecedented political commitment from around the world to end the world's deadliest infectious disease as part of our commitment to reducing the global burden of maternal and infant mortality we developed a new framework of for action on quality midwifery education we launched a new strategy on snakebites environment the global status report on road safety the global action plan on physical activity the first guideline on dementia and cognitive decline and our first guidelines on digital health to name but a few together with our partners we are also stepping up the fight against antimicrobial resistance one of the most urgent health threats of our time just three weeks ago we delivered the report of the interagency coordination group on antimicrobial resistance to the United Nations secretary-general we are now fully committed to implementing the recommendations of that report with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the World Health World Organization of animal health and other agencies let me now mention a few highlights from our efforts over the past year to keep the world safe last year whao responded to 481 emergencies and potential emergencies in 141 countries on this platform a year ago I described my recent visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo where whu-oh was responding to an Ebola outbreak in the western province of equator that outbreak was controlled in just three months but shortly after it ended another outbreak started this time in the eastern part of DRC and as you know it's still going I would like to commend my brother dr. Olli illunga the Minister of Health of DRC and the government for their leadership and commitment to ending this outbreak by the way oli is joining us now after long absence because he chose to be in the field camping even in the field to fight Ebola thank you so much my brother we can be proud of the fact that so far the outbreak has not spread outside two provinces in DRC but I emphasize so far the risk of spread remains very high because this outbreak is one of the most complex emergencies any of us have ever faced we are fighting one of the world's most dangerous viruses in one of the world's most dangerous areas we are fighting with even better tools than we used to extinguish the equator outbreak in three months so far we have vaccinated more than 120,000 people and we now have evidence that the vaccine is more than 97% effective in preventing Ebola we also have four experimental treatments that we have used to treat 800 patients but we're not just fighting a virus we are fighting insecurity we are fighting violence we're fighting misinformation we're fighting mistrust and we're fighting the politicization of an outbreak since January there have been dozens of attacks on health facilities in North Kivu every attack disrupts our operations every attack makes it harder to reach communities every attack gives the virus an advantage and a disadvantage to the responders every life lost is a tragedy but every life saved is a triumph this is Faust in Caly Vanda an Ebola survivor from Benny first in lost his wife and his five-year-old daughter Esther to Ebola despite this tragedy Cala Vonda believes that as a survivor he has a duty to protect others he now works at the Ebola treatment center as a nurse assistant these are the stories of hope that keep us going when I visited DRC following dr. Richard Valerie's death I discovered that our staff were shocked and shaken but undeterred they told me I caught we're here to save lives we will not be intimidated by violence we will finish the job I have also met personally with his Excellency the president of DRC and opposition leaders to urge a bipartisan approach to ending this outbreak because Ebola does not take sides it's the enemy of everybody unless we unite to end this outbreak we run the very risk that it will become more widespread and more expensive and more aggressive I have also briefed the Security Council twice on the outbreak the secretary-general and I have agreed on a further strengthening of the response across the entire UN system but of course Ebola is not the only emergency to which we are responding last year we also responded to the largest recorded cholera outbreak in Yemen diphtheria in Cox buzzer the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and many others that didn't make the headlines and together with our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative we have launched a new strategy to address the most difficult remaining areas in Afghanistan and Pakistan earlier this year I came across a video of a man called elfin Allah Irfan elfin Allah sorry weddings ruse no to deliver polio vaccines in Pakistan with the dedication and commitment of people like him I have no doubt we will succeed in making polio history excellencies ladies and gentlemen we have a moral duty to respond urgently and effectively to outbreaks and other emergencies but it makes no sense either morally or economically to continue spending money responding to emergencies without investing in preventing them that's why we have set up a new division of emergency preparedness in addition to our existing work on emergency response we will save more lives and more money if we support countries to put in place the measures to prepare for and prevent emergencies instead of waiting for them to happen the circle of our triple billion targets is to see 1 billion people enjoying better health and well-being let me spend a few moments talking about our achievements in this area in October last year we hosted the first global conference on air pollution and health every year nine million people are killed by the air they breathe this installation simulated what it's like to breathe the air in several cities around the world I only spend five minutes inside and that was hardly enough a simulation the simulation was hard enough millions of people spend a lifetime breathing air that's killing them at the end of the conference leaders from national and city governments made more than 90 voluntary commitment and set an aspirational goal to reduce the number of deaths from air pollution by two-thirds by 2030 we're working hard to secure many more ambitious commitments of this kind at the Secretary General's climate action summit in September we have also completed the first phase of our new initiative on climate change and health in small and develop in small island developing States as you know climate change affects the whole world but small island states are disproportionately affected we have now completed three rounds of consultations with ministers of Health and Environment from the Pacific in Fiji and with Indian Ocean States in Mauritius and with Caribbean countries in Grenada we now have a much clearer clearer idea of what the countries need and are moving into implementation last year we also last year was also an important year in the fight against tobacco the protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products came into force further strengthening the world's only Public Health treaty this gives us a powerful new tool in the fight against the evil of big tobacco but the more countries that ratified the more powerful it will be if your country has not yet ratified the protocol I urge you to do it as soon as possible in response to our call to eliminate industrial transferred from the global food supply 28 countries have now introduced limits or bands covering one third of the world's population the International Food and Beverage Islands which represents some of the world's largest food producing companies has officially committed to add her to doubly HS trans fat elimination target by 2023 the high-level Commission on non communicable disease delivered its report and most of its recommendations were included as commitments in the political declaration at the UN high-level meeting on entities last year we are now working with countries to turn those commitments into action several countries have also introduced new measures to address risk factors for entities including taxes on sugary drinks so as you can see it has been an extremely productive 12 months I have only just skimmed the surface of everything WH has accomplished once again of some of the activities excellencies ladies and gentlemen I said last year that one of the keys to WHS success was a transformed whu-oh in March we announced some of the most wide-ranging reforms in WHS history there are five components to our transformation a new strategy new processes a new operating model a new culture and a new approach to partnerships at this assembly last year you approved the new general program of work with its emphasis on outcomes and impact which is a major shift in the plan is that the plan is based on outcomes and impact this year we are asking you to approve the program budget that supports that plan and we are now developing an operational plan to execute the gpw our new processes are based on best practices to modernize the organization cut bureaucracy and make us more responsive we have already started implementing some of these new processes our new operating model is designed to help us operate as one WH er horizontally and vertically unlined with clarity of roles and responsibilities at all three levels with agile teams to break the silos and deliver results but the best strategy the best management tools the best processes and the best operating model won't deliver results unless we have the right culture and mindset our new values Charter launched last month is one of the important ways we're changing that and our new approach to partnerships is helping us move from a risk-averse organization to one that manages risk this is not just a slogan it's already changing already we are engaging much more proactively with civil society organizations and the private sector but all of these changes are about one thing impact our transformation is about delivering results for the people we serve and value for money for those who interest resources to us it's about investing in science and the world-class technical expertise for which we are known it's about strengthening our country offices to deliver results where it matters most it's about investing in a talented motivated and diverse workforce and empowering them to excel it's about being the trusted health leader that you expect us to be and it's about strong partnerships that leverage the comparative advantages of our partners one way we're doing that is by expanding our network of global health champions and today I'm pleased to announce that we have appointed Her Excellency former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia as good as goodwill ambassador for health workforce and we have also appointed mr. Allison Baker goalkeeper from Brazil and Liverpool together with his wife dr. Natalia Louie Becker as goodwill ambassadors for health promotion and we have appointed miss Cynthia Germanotta who who with her daughter Lady gaga if the founder of the Born This Way Foundation as goodwill ambassador for mental health I am delighted that Cynthia is with us today and President Sirleaf will be with us tomorrow but Cynthia if you can show yourself I welcome each of our new goodwill ambassadors I look forward to working with each of them in the coming years excellencies ladies and gentlemen the next 12 months will be decisive for global health we have all the ingredients for success but I believe there are three priorities that must guide our discussions this week and throughout the next year first health is about political leadership the g7 meeting in Beatrice and the g20 in Osaka will be important moments to reaffirm the place of health on the international agenda and in September the world will come together in New York for the first high-level meeting on in-vessel health coverage I am asking each of you to do everything possible to ensure that your head of state or head of government attends this historic event and makes concrete commitments to universal health coverage second health is about partnership the global action plan on healthy lives and well-being for all is a unique opportunity to leverage the collective power of the global health architecture to deliver the hell is related targets in the sustainable development goals we are now working with our partners to finalize the action plan which will be presented at the General Assembly in New York we ask that every country endorse the plan but we also need your partnership as our member states this week we are asking you to approve an ambitious budget but we're also asking you to support that budget with more flexible and predictable funding the first tablatures partners forum in Sweden last month was an excellent step in that direction tax Amica Sweden last year we also launched WHS first investment case and we're working on French approach to resource mobilization to broaden our donor base I am also pleaded pleased to announce that the damage of foundation will be established this year which will enable us to generate funding from previously untapped resources but finally and the third one held is about people this week you will make resolutions and decisions on community health workers antimicrobial resistance patient safety pandemic influenza and much more but the ultimate outcome of our work this week is not resolutions and decisions we all have a duty to make sure the decisions we make this week take root in our countries and communities this week I ask you to remember the people from your family and your country and from every family and every country who will be affected by the resolutions you pass and the decisions you make they are the reason we are here the people of the world are looking to us to deliver results and the people of the world will hold us accountable for those results as Natasha said thank you so much merci beaucoup shukran jessalyn muchas gracias chichi spasiba thank you I may signal oh I will I will add my language – thank you


  1. Playing video games is a mental disease? Wow you people are over paid classless idiots! Yet you declassify gender identity disorder as a mental disease! Wow, I now believe the WHO is a mental disease! You can’t change you’re DNA! You have no idea what you’ve done, the WHO has created a new world crisis! This can only be a political move! Remember the oath you took when you became a doctor, do no harm, well you have caused harm! You’ve now set the stage where all mental disease can now be overturned! I think I’m going to write my MP and encourage them to stop funding the WHO! I will pray for you, and I hope you’ll think of all the harm you’ve caused!

  2. 헤킹하는색끼들 사창가에 팔아버려

  3. 이단아같은 미국이랑 대한민국개색끼박원순및 문재인개색꺄 탄핵시켜

  4. 대한민국개색끼들및 개색끼 미국이라 ㅇ무역하지마씹새꺄 젓가튼 ㅇ개색갸 이발새꺄 서울십및박원순및 외교부도와주지마개색꺄

  5. WHO = a hypocrite, scum, psychopath

  6. What a hypocritical organization the World Health Organization is. Syrians suffer sarin gas attacks & barrel bombings on hospitals; 19.7 million Yemenis have no health care due to war; in Venezuela, the health system has totally collapsed.

    Yet today the World Health Organization (WHO) found time at its annual meeting to condemn only 1 country on the entire planet: Israel.
    Shame on France, Belgium and Sweden for voting for this fantastic lie and encouraging the hijacking of the annual world health assembly, and diverting precious time, money, and resources from global health priorities, in order to wage a political prosecution of Israel, especially when, in reality, anyone who has ever walked into an Israeli hospital or clinic knows that they are providing world-class health care to thousands of Palestinian Arabs—including last week to Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub—as well as to Syrians fleeing Assad.
    By contrast, I salute the U.S., Britain, Australia, Canada and Guatemala for opposing the absurd text, as they did last year, and I applaud those nations that today changed their votes to no: Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Honduras and Hungary. All of these countries did the right thing, in a place where too many go along to get along.

    Exclusive report from UN Watch:

  7. I seriously protest that Taiwan cannot participate in the WHA. The health of the 23 million people in Taiwan should not be excluded because of political factors. This is very undesirable. I hope relevant units can attach importance to the health of the people of Taiwan and let Taiwan participate in WHA.

  8. Thanks for uploading this 🙏🏿

  9. Sharing, Justice and Peace for All.

  10. 🙂

  11. Yea! Get rid of industrial transfat.

  12. Wow, that guy is serious; went through snow to deliver polio vaccines.

  13. Hopefully attacks on health workers will stop.

  14. You guys are amazing.

  15. That's great that people can do nurse assistance without schooling.

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