WHO calls for accelerated global action to tackle health emergencies

Recent international health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, mpox and Ebola outbreaks demonstrate the need for resilient health systems and accelerated global action, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Amidst continued threats of other zoonotic diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenges, as well as ecosystem degradation and climate change clearly, the WHO issued an unprecedented call for enhanced global action.

Stressing the need for enhanced collaboration and commitment, WHO leaders urged all countries and key stakeholders to promote and undertake several actions, including increased understanding and advocating for the adoption and promotion of enhanced intersectoral health governance. 

The WHO also called for better multisectoral coordination mechanisms, development of situation analyses, stakeholder mapping, priority setting, and metrics for monitoring and evaluation frameworks.

In a statement the WHO said: “To build one healthier planet we need urgent action to galvanize vital political commitments, greater investment and multisectoral collaboration at every level.”

Last month the WHO said it is reviewing its risk assessment of the avian flu virus following its continuing spread and transmission to humans.The WHO also said that is working with Cambodian authorities after two confirmed human cases of H5N1 bird flu were found among one family in the country.

One current outbreak of avian flu known as H5N1 clade has killed record numbers of birds and infected mammals. Human cases, however, remain very rare, and global health officials have said the risk of transmission between humans is still low.