WHO executive board to meet Sunday in Geneva

The World Health Organization's executive board will conduct its annual January meeting beginning on Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland. | World Health Organization

The executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) is planning to meet in Geneva, Switzerland, next week to discuss global health issues and related topics. 

The meeting will begin Sunday with discussion of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. New directors will also be named to the regional offices in Africa and Europe. 

The board also plans to discuss International Health Regulations; global plans to fight antimicrobial resistance; health and the environment; adolescent health; violence and health; and epilepsy. 

This marks the 136th session of the executive board, whose main function is to put policies and decisions made by the World Health Assembly (WHA) into effect and to facilitate its work. The 34 board members are chosen by WHO member states to serve three-year terms. Argentina, Brazil, the United States, Cuba, Panama and Suriname are the current board members from the Americas. Carissa Etienne, the director for the Pan American Health Organization for WHO's regional office of the Americas, plans to participate in the meeting.

The board generally meets twice per year with its main meeting in January. A shorter meeting is usually held in May before the WHA.

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