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WHO Watch: great work at EB meeting facilitated by Medicus Mundi International

Occupy EB? Or career goal? Iboro, Alice, Chiara and Natalie relaxing at the "right place" after the end of the EB session.
Occupy EB? Or career goal? Iboro, Alice, Chiara and Natalie relaxing at the "right place" after the end of the EB session.

Basel, 24 January 2012. The 130th session of the WHO Executive Board that closed yesterday was again followed by a group of young "WHO Watchers" trained and coordinated by the People's Health Movement and supported by various civil society organizations and networks such as the Medicus Mundi International Network. This year, together with the World Council of Churches' "Churches Action for Health" program, MMI facilitated the work of the watchers by hosting a group of watchers in the MMI delegation and forwarding jointly developed statements on various technical items and on the WHO reform.

Civil society representatives watching the WHO watchers and making use of their work were highly impressed: "...really an outstanding performance, the creation of common good with capacity, dedication, energy, attention, scruple and passion!" (Nicoletta Dentico, coordinator of the Democratizing Global Health Coalition on the WHO reform)

WHO watch, EB 130, 16-23 January 2012
Documentation with daily comments and statements


More about WHO Watch

"WHO Watch is a resource for advocacy and mobilisation and an intervention in global health governance."

"As a resource for advocacy and mobilisation WHO Watch provides a current account of global policy dynamics in relation to a wide and growing range of health issues. While the focus is on issues being considered through the WHO the background documentation provides a more broadly based account of these issues.

We aim to strengthen various streams in the Health for All movement (IP and access, trade and health, health systems, PHC, quality use of medicines, etc etc) by ensuring that activists whose concerns arise from their grass roots involvements can learn about the global dimensions of the problems they are facing and reshape their advocacy and mobilising accordingly.

WHO Watch is also an intervention in global health governance. Partly this is about defending WHO which has been subject to very bad stresses for several decades.  WHO is the paramount health authority at the global level and needs to be strengthened and reformed and properly funded to play this role. WHO Watch seeks to generate support for a reformed WHO restored to its proper place in global health governance.  

WHO Watch also aims to democratise the decision making within WHO, in particular supporting delegations from smaller countries who are seeking to know more about particular issues or are looking for resources regarding issues that they are concerned about.  Many delegates from small countries are over-stretched trying to cover a very wide range of issues. We aim to have a resource here which delegates to WHO governing bodies might turn to for ideas and resources.  Our objective in resourcing this constituency is largely about better decision making in WHO.

WHO Watch is part of a broader ambition, the Democratising of Global Health Governance project which emerged out of the Workshop on Democratising Global Health Governance held in Geneva on 14-15 May, 2010. The Democratising GHG project is directed to changing the patterns of global decision making and implementation in matters which affect the global health crisis. The project brings together a coalition civil society networks and participating governments."

The MMI Network actively participated in the 2010 Workshop on Democratising Global Health Governance and since then supports WHO Watch as part of our "Global Health Governance" program and of our efforts to strengthen the voice of civil society at the WHO.

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