Letters

Future of international health

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7116.1163c (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1163

WHO is taking proactive role in advancing policy of health for all

  1. F S Antezana, Assistant director generala
  1. a World Health Organisation, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland
  2. b Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London NW3 2PF

    Editor—A recent article on the new world order and the future of international health and an editorial on reform of the World Health Organisation are valuable contributions to discussions about the future of international health.1 2 Within the WHO substantial progress has been made over the past 18 months in addressing issues raised in the renewal of the Health for All process.3 However, the richness and breadth of this process were not captured in Fiona Godlee's editorial, which focused on selected internal and external debates without indicating that they have been formally and informally linked to the renewal process.2

    The WHO regards the renewal process as integral to the future course of world health. This view is shared by its member states and its governing bodies. During the 50th World Health Assembly in May, discussion on renewal overlapped with the issues raised in the article and the editorial.1 2 Furthermore, during the subsequent session of the executive board, members expressed support for fundamental actions that should form the basis of the new policy and for specific future roles for the WHO (box). These fundamental …

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