Director General for the WHO : Podcast
The upcoming election of the next Director-General of the World Health Organization poses a number of questions. Just how critical is this election for the future of the UN health agency? How will the member states choose among those vying for the job, and what kind of leader does this institution need at this moment?
As WHO shortlists the candidates this week, trimming the field from six to three, David Heymann from Chatham House talks with three leading experts in global health governance about the election and its implications.Listen to the podcast
America’s International Role Under Donald Trump
While there is great uncertainty about America’s foreign policy under the new president, the environment in which Donald Trump takes office is more concrete. This new report examines the most significant areas of foreign policy for the new administration: defence, economic policy, trade, energy and climate change, China, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, Afghanistan and Latin America. It considers the international context, outlines the specific constraints under which Trump’s administration will operate and considers the likely paths the administration will take.
Link to short report and other reports available
Suffering in Silence
New report by CARE International
describes 10 under-reported humanitarian crises in 2016. It features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.
Adapting global health aid in the face of climate change
WHO estimates an additional 250 000 mortalities between 2030 and 2050 will be attributable to climate-associated increases in malnutrition, malaria, diarrhoea, respiratory disease, water inaccessibility, and heat stress.
1 Spillover effects on state and regional security are inevitable. The World Economic Forum has identified climate change as the single greatest threat to global stability because of its considerable consequences on the health and stability of developing nations.
Read more in the Lancet Comment
In Morocco, the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem becomes a reality
After several decades of community-based interventions and surveillance, on Nov 15, 2016, Morocco was recognised by WHO as having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem.
1 A formal ceremony, involving the handover of a letter of recognition from Margaret Chan, WHO's Director-General, marked the occasion.
Read more in the Lancet Comment
Lake Chad Basin: Humanitarian Needs and Requirement Overview (Report)
Violence, insecurity, climate change and environmental degradation continue to converge in the Lake Chad Basin, creating Africa's most acute humanitarian crisis. An estimated 11 million people need humanitarian aid to survive in 2017, and US$1.5 billion is required to provide support in sectors such as food security, nutrition and health
Read the report from Reliefweb
Return to the Unknown (Photo Story)
Following the outbreak of conflict in the Central African Republic, more than 100,000 Chadians returned to their home country. Having fled Chad decades before, many had to settle in returnee sites in the south of the country. This photo story shows their plight and how the Central Emergency Response Fund is supporting returnees, refugees and host communities in Chad.
See the photo story