76th World Health Assembly held in Geneva

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The 76th World Health Assembly was inaugurated by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 21 May 2023 in Geneva, Switzerland.

An Overview of the News:

  • This ten-day 76th World Health Assembly is being organized from 21 to 30 May 2023.
  • In this, India is being represented by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.
  • It serves as a platform for representatives of all WHO member states to come together and address health issues affecting people around the world.
  • Appreciating India's health priorities, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, praised India's progress in chairing the G20 as well as its efforts to advance digital health and traditional medicine.
  • Theme of the 76th World Health Assembly: WHO at 75: Saving Lives, Driving Health for All.

World Health Assembly:

  • The World Health Assembly serves as the decision-making body of the WHO.
  • Its primary functions include key aspects of the organization's operations.
  • These set policies that guide global health initiatives. Along with this, it also appoints the Director General.

World Health Organization (WHO):

  • It is an inter-governmental organization and works in collaboration with the Ministries of Health of its member states.
  • Establishment : 1948
  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Members: 194 countries
  • WHO started functioning from 7th April, 1948.
  • World Health Day is celebrated every year on 7th April.
  • WHO has offices in 150 countries as well as six regional offices.

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