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India to assume presidency of World Health Assembly in Geneva after 19 years


  • After a gap of 19 years, India will again assume presidency of the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the top decision-making body of the World Health Organisation, beginning May 18th 2015.
  • Union Health Minister J P Nadda will preside over the WHA session and lead a high-level Indian delegation to the Assembly, which is slated to take place in Geneva from May 18 to May 27.
  • The Assembly is expected to deliberate on key issues of global interest including anti-microbial resistance, air pollution and health, global health emergency, preparedness and surveillance, global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, and research and development in neglected tropical diseases


  • For India, this will act as an opportunity for two things. Share the development that has taken place in India with the world and try to put India’s perspective in the global strategy while it will also help India to carry back the learnings.

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