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Commentaries 2018

Commentaries bring the view of WHO’s leadership on current public health issues



The Lancet Commission on tuberculosis: building a tuberculosis-free world

"Tackling tuberculosis must occur in concert with a commitment to securing financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services, and use of safe, effective, and affordable necessary diagnostics and medicines."
Eric Goosby, Dean Jamison, Soumya Swaminathan, Michael Reid, Elizabeth Zuccala


Health must be the number one priority for urban planners

"Local and national governments need to introduce policies and make investments that support cleaner transport, energy-efficient housing, power generation, industry and better municipal waste management."
Dr Maria Neira, WHO Director for the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health


A “good birth” goes beyond having a healthy baby

"Women are also reporting high levels of disrespect and abusive care during facility-based childbirth in all regions and cultures."

Dr Princess Nothemba Simelela, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women, Children and Adolescents


Health, climate and small island states

"Climate change is much more than an environmental issue. It poses a serious threat to our health and survival. It impacts all of us, no matter where we live."

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, Patricia Espinosa, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary


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