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WHO Reforms Focus on Primary Care, New Technologies, and Launch of ‘Learning Academy’

Country Correspondent: Roosa Tikkanen

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced its new priorities for the next five years, featuring a strong emphasis on primary care. The plans revolve around the “triple billion” target: one billion more people benefiting from universal health care coverage; one billion more being better protected from health emergencies; and one billion more enjoying better health and well-being. The agency also revealed it will create a new chief scientist role to focus on emerging technologies, as well as a chief of antimicrobial resistance. In addition, a new academy to be launched in Lyon, France, will aim to deliver multilingual learning, both online and in person, alongside a cutting-edge simulation center for health emergencies. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be among the international partners guiding the academy.

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