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World Health Assembly: Health Threats Don’t Recognize Borders

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Earlier this week, I met with fellow health ministers and other distinguished leaders at the 68th World Health Assembly gathering in Geneva.

Earlier this week, I met with fellow health ministers and other distinguished leaders at the 68th World Health Assembly gathering in Geneva. This is an important gathering, because as the world witnessed with the Ebola virus this past year, our planet is too small for nations to operate in isolation when it comes to facing major health challenges. Health threats don’t recognize borders, and we must recognize our need for global solutions.

During this year’s World Health Assembly, we explored opportunities for partnerships and collaborations to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, continue the fight against Ebola, and to address a number of other global threats, like HIV/AIDS, maternal and child mortality, and polio. As a result, participating nations reaffirmed our commitment to supporting our shared goal of creating a healthier world that is ready to meet any challenge.

I wanted to share my remarks to the World Health Assembly and a few snapshots from this year’s important gathering with you:

Secretary Burwell gives remarks at the World Health Assembly Plenary Session.
World Health Assembly Plenary Session.

Secretary Burwell gives remarks at the World Health Assembly Plenary Session.
World Health Assembly Plenary Session.

Secretary Burwell attends a World Health Assembly side event on the Global Health Security Agenda.
Side Event: Global Health Security Agenda.

Secretary Burwell attends a World Health Assembly bilateral meeting with Guinea.
Bilateral Meeting with Guinea.

Secretary Burwell attends a World Health Assembly bilateral meeting with Guinea.
Bilateral Meeting with Guinea.

Secretary Burwell attends a World Health Assembly bilateral meeting with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan.
Bilateral Meeting with Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan.

Secretary Burwell attends a World Health Assembly bilateral meeting with World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan.
Bilateral Meeting with Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan.

Secretary Burwell attends a World Health Assembly technical session on Ebola with the World Health Organization (WHO).
World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Session on Ebola.

 

#WHA68: Health Threats Don’t Recognize Borders: http://1.usa.gov/1HvHh4w via @SecBurwell

 

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