New WHO Tracker Tool

WHO TrackerThere’s a new tool that may help to follow the work of the World Health Organization, called the WHO Tracker. The WHO Tracker has been developed as part of WHO Watch.

The WHO Tracker has been developed as a tool for following particular issues across time and across the governing body meetings. The Tracker comprises separate pages for each meeting, in each case structured around the official agenda. Under each agenda item are links to key documents, debate and policy decisions. Not all meetings and not all items have been fully linked at this time. This work is ongoing.

WHO Watch is sponsored by a group of international NGOs and social movements including the People’s Health Movement (PHM). PHM follows closely the work of WHO, through the World Health Assembly, the Executive Board and the regional committees.

PHM prepares commentaries on agenda items at WHO governing body meetings, including brief background and critical commentary. In association with Medicus Mundi International, PHM members also read statements to governing body meetings.

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What is the People’s Health Movement?
The PHM is a global network bringing together grassroots health activists, civil society organizations and academic institutions from around the world, particularly from low and middle income countries (L&MIC). We currently have a presence in around 70 countries. Guided by the People’s Charter for Health (PCH), PHM works on various programmes and activities and is committed to Comprehensive Primary Health Care and addressing the Social, Environmental and Economic Determinants of Health.

What is the World Health Assembly?
The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

(The next WHA starts 22 May)