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Why health ministers must be at the forefront of global healthcare processes

  • The World Health Assembly (WHA) emphasizes the theme "All for health, health for all," highlighting the need for equal access to healthcare without financial hardship.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated vaccine development and digital health but also disrupted universal health coverage, especially in low- and middle-income countries, and caused healthcare worker shortages.

  • Health ministers often lack resources and influence, hindering their effectiveness, but they play a crucial role in setting and advocating for health policies.

  • The WHA focuses on immunization, pandemic preparedness, maternal health, Antimicrobia l Resistance (AMR), climate and health, and workforce health, crucial for health-related SDGs.

  • Strengthening collaboration and knowledge sharing among health ministries, supported by organizations like the World Economic Forum, is essential for advancing global health and achieving health equity.

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