- An Introduction to the Series
- The first in a series of reflections on issues that I know are of interest to many different actors.
- Infectious Diseases – Achieving Extraordinary Progress
- We can eradicate two diseases in the coming five years, and we must prepare to eradicate more. To do this WHO has to be a strategic, courageous and tenacious leader of multiple partners.
- Outbreaks and Emergencies - WHO Can Get it Right
- The World Health Organization leads the response to outbreaks and emergencies when local and national groups cannot do so. How can the WHO deliver a better service in this arena?
- Responses to Antimicrobial Resistance Urgently Need Strategic Leadership by WHO
- The WHO tackles issues that will affect future generations, such as the steady increase in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Urgent attention is required to avert global suffering in future years. What is the problem and why has it come about?
- Chronic or Non-Communicable Diseases
- Threats posed by chronic or non-communicable diseases: how can WHO best help nations – and their people – manage them?
- The Sustainable Development Goals: A Prescription for the Health of All People and the Planet
- The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is universal and encourages equitable growth. It includes 17 interconnected sustainable development goals to be pursued through integrated action with a particular focus on the wellbeing of communities. The successful implementation of actions that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, in ways that are inclusive and leave no-one behind, will have a massive impact on people’s health everywhere. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for the global health community to ensure a healthier future for all. WHO has a key role to play.
- Why Universal Health Coverage and Functioning Health Systems are so Important
- Universal Health Coverage (UHC)is based on two key ideas:
1) Everyone, everywhere, has access to the services needed to protect, improve and maintain their health.
2) No-one should suffer adverse financial consequences when they need to seek care.
Almost no country can boast that both of these conditions have been achieved for their entire population. UHC is therefore a journey of progressive realisation.
- One Health and the Evolving Discipline of Planetary Health
- Human health and the state of our environment are inter-connected: the relationship is set out in the concepts of One Health and Planetary Health. WHO helps health professionals tackle such complex issues.
- Women's, Children's and Adolescent's Health
- I have focused on women and children’s health throughout my career. The WHO must advance efforts both globally and in-country to drive real progress.
- The Strength of the Regional Offices within the One WHO
- In this reflection I explain how adaptable and well-functioning country offices, supported by the regional offices, are the heart of a strong and relevant WHO.
- My Journey in International Health
- I have always viewed a career in medicine as an absolute privilege. It is a profession that offers the ultimate satisfaction – being able to help someone who is ill to recover and get back to living a life.