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    WHO priorities. ... From: Downs, Melissa On Behalf Of Cochi, Steve Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2000 8:41 AM To: Orenstein, Walt; Nowak, Glen; Allen, Curtis; All -
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      WHO priorities.

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      Subject: press coverage/polio

      this is the final wrap on AP with reference to polio ...

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      Copyright 2000 Associated Press
      AP Online
      May 20, 2000; Saturday
      SECTION: International news

      LENGTH: 548 words

      HEADLINE: WHO Takes On Challenges, New & Old



      The World Health Organization called Saturday for more concerted
      action against AIDS, malaria, and smoking-related diseases, while also
      concerns on new issues like bioethics and cloning.

      Closing its annual six-day conference at its Geneva headquarters, the WHO
      presented a long list of action needed to fight the world's most formidable
      health problems, including HIV, which has infected about 34 million people
      worldwide and threatens to reverse social and economic developments Africa
      made in the past 50 years.

      The 191-nation assembly said more must be done to improve access to drugs to
      treat HIV, AIDS and related illnesses in developing countries. African
      have complained that recent promises by pharmaceutical companies to slash
      treatment prices didn't go far enough.

      ''We are about to give new directions and a new energy to an expanded,
      revitalized response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic,'' WHO Director-General
      Brundtland said in a closing speech.

      The U.N. organization also called for better price databases to allow
      to shop around for the cheapest drugs, though the United States and European
      countries successfully argued against having one centralized database
      by the WHO.

      With limited resources less than $850 million in its budget this year the
      Western nations argued that the WHO had to be selective with its programs.

      In other resolutions adopted Saturday, the WHO assembly urged governments to
      introduce more national measures like healthy eating programs and tobacco
      taxation to cut heart disease, cancer and respiratory illness.

      It said there should be more cooperation with industry and consumer
      organizations to tackle the growing threat from foodborne diseases.

      Delegates also discussed plans for the WHO to become more active on issues
      human cloning, with France spearheading widespread concern about the U.N.
      agency's relative silence in the international bioethics debate.

      The agency is still struggling with a structural overhaul initiated by
      Brundtland, who took over two years ago replacing Hiroshi Nakajima of Japan.
      Though her corporate-like management style and fast pace have caused
      among WHO staff, Brundtland has won widespread praise among member

      ''She's breathed new life into WHO,'' said U.S. delegate Thomas Novotny.

      Novotny said Brundtland's plans for a global anti-tobacco treaty were
      really wonderful.'' Brundtland suggested the treaty to stem smoking-related
      deaths, estimated at 4 million worldwide this year.

      African officials praised the WHO's new projects against malaria, as well as
      alliance with the private sector to increase vaccinations against childhood
      diseases, such as measles, tetanus, diphtheria and polio.

      But Brundtland had to concede that the target of ending all transmission of
      polio virus by the end of this year would not be achieved because of
      conflict in
      several African countries frustrating vital immunization campaigns. The
      also continued to exist in parts of India.

      And with an estimated 2.5 billion people living in poverty with little or no
      access to health care, the WHO assembly made no reference to its
      motto: ''Health for All by the Year 2000.''


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