Union Minister virtually Chairs 74th “World Health Assembly”

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As the Chairman of WHO Executive Board, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare of India has virtually chaired the 74th World Health Assembly.

WHO Decision Making Bodies: The World Health Organisation(WHO) is governed by two decision-making bodies — the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board.

About World Health Assembly:
  • The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation(WHO).
  • The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States. The assembly focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.
  • Functions: The main functions of the World Health Assembly are:
    • Firstly, To determine the policies of the Organisation
    • Secondly, To appoint the Director-General
    • Thirdly, to supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.
About WHO Executive Board:
  • Firstly, WHO Executive Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health. The members of the executive board will be elected for three-year terms.
  • Secondly, Functions: To give effect to the decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly. Further, the board will advise and generally facilitate the work of the Assembly.
  • Thirdly, Chairman: It is held in rotation for one year by each of the WHO’s six regional groups. This includes the African Region, Region of the Americas, South-East Asia Region, European Region, Eastern Mediterranean Region and Western Pacific Region.
  • Fourthly, Meeting: The Board meets at least twice a year, once usually in January and then in May.

Source: PIB


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