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Good morning, this is Elaine, editor of Geneva Solutions’ Health stream, produced in collaboration with Health Policy Watch.

Today, we’re looking at the debate among World Health Organization member states about how to reform WHO and reboot global health emergency response, and calls to step up investigations into the murky origins of SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19. And the Geneva Health Forum kicks off Monday, bringing with it some promising digital health technologies.

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Elaine Fletcher


Today’s reason for hope

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Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death among children under the age of five in low-income countries. But new Swiss innovations, like the Pneumoscope can improve diagnosis and speed up treatment. Over 120 new health technologies that can reduce costs and speed diagnosis or treatment will be showcased at next week’s Geneva Health Forum (16-18 November).

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World Health Assembly (WHA) member states adopt measures intended to strengthen WHO and global emergency response. But can all countries ever really agree on a set of reforms that prevent the next pandemic?

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$6bn for purchase and worldwide distribution of Covid-19 drugs. Unitaid, Wellcome Trust and other global health partners are working with WHO to create a system for equitable distribution of life-saving treatments.

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WHO is asked to accelerate the pace of its investigations into the murky origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19, but will China cooperate?

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Here's what else is happening

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Relatives hug each other through a plastic film screen to avoid contracting Covid-19 at a nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, Wednesday, 11 November 2020. The country recorded nearly 33,000 new positives in the last 24 hours, with the death toll surging by 623 - the highest single-day total since 6 April - to reach 42,953, the second-highest in Europe after Britain.

Next on the agenda: Geneva Health Forum

The Geneva Health Forum is expanding its reach and aspiring to become a global platform for knowledge sharing. Three days of sessions will cover everything from the Covid-19 pandemic to traditional medicine. You can read the full guide here. These are a few of our top choices.

16 November | Online: The Year of Nurse and Midwife. Nurses have shown us their true value during the pandemic. Can they be a catalyst for change?

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17 November | Online: Is digital health a prerequisite for achieving Universal Health Coverage? Evidence on the positive impact of digital health is limited, but the expectation and promise is high.

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18 November | Online: Implementing the new global strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer. Elimination of the illness is within reach for all countries through strong action and aligned intervention.

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