Yearbook of the United Nations 1987

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The principal reference work of the United Nations providing a comprehensive, one-volume account of the Organization’s work along with information on the work of each specialized agency in the United Nations’ family.



World Health Organization (WHO)

The fortieth World Health Assembly met at Geneva from 4 to 15 May 1987 and adopted a budget of $634 million for the 1988-1989 biennium of the World Health Organization (WHO). The negative effects of exchange rate fluctuations resulted in a higher overall budget and assessed contributions for the biennium. The Assembly approved WHO’s eighth general programme of work—for 1990-1995—and requested the WHO Director-General to establish an international research programme on aging. It accorded high priority to improving the health of women and reducing maternal mortality, and urged countries to intensify efforts to control diarrhoeal diseases by prevention and proper case management. Regarding the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), the Assembly confirmed that WHO should continue to direct and co-ordinate the fight against it and endorsed WHO’s global strategy. Member States were urged to extend health services to meet the needs of their entire populations and to promote balanced health manpower development. The Assembly expressed deep concern at the conclusions of a second report by a management group of scientists on the effects of nuclear war on health and health services. It also reaffirmed that health was an integral part of development.


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