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Budget and broader access top assembly's global health agenda

The 76th World Health Assembly ended after moving to strengthen its budget and broaden access to health care.

World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva
World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva (AN/J. Heilprin)

GENEVA (AN) — The World Health Assembly took steps to better respond to emergencies and keep an adequate budget, but one of its biggest challenges – a treaty to deal with future pandemics – has yet to be negotiated among nations.

The 76th assembly of the World Health Organization's governing body, representing 194 nations, ended on Tuesday after approving measures ranging from non-communicable diseases, disabilities and drowning prevention to Indigenous people's health, maternal and child health care and rehabilitation.

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