India assumes presidency of World Health Assembly (WHA) 68th session

Date: May 19, 2015

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India assumes presidency of 68th World Health Assembly

India is assuming the presidency of the WHA, the highest decision making body of the World Health organisation (WHO), after a gap of 19 years. Health Minister JP Nadda and Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO, will jointly inaugurate a photo exhibition “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health” to mark the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

About WHO Health Assembly :

          Top decision-making body of the World Health Organisation
          It is the world’s highest health policy setting body.
          It is composed of health ministers from member states.
         The members of the World Health Assembly generally meet every year in May in Geneva.
         The main tasks of the WHA are to decide major policy questions, as well as to approve the WHO work programme and budget.
         It elects the Director General of WHO.
         The first assembly held in 1948.
         The WHA has 194 member states.

 

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About WHO :

      It is Specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) that is concerned with international public health.
      It was founded in 1948
      It's Headquarters are at Geneva
      The WHO is responsible for the World Health Report, a leading international publication on health.
     The head of WHO : Margaret Chan.
      World Health Day : 7 April of every year.