The 23rd World Health Assembly opened in Geneva on Tuesday (5 May) with substantial representation from African countries.
GV EXT.UNO Building
MV Delegates arrive & enter (5 shots)
GV PAN INT. Conference Hall
MV An African ditto
SV PAN Thailand delegation
CU "URSS" ZOOM OUT TO MV delegates
MV Gabon delegate
MV Ivory Coast ditto
MV USA ditto
MV Vice President talking to woman
SV Republic Democratic Congo delegate
CU Director-General ZOOM OUT TO MV platform
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Background: The 23rd World Health Assembly opened in Geneva on Tuesday (5 May) with substantial representation from African countries.
Delegates from more than 10 African countries including Gabon and the Ivory Coast were on hand to hear some of the Organisation's achievements in 1969. Director-General Dr. Marcolino Candau reported that Malaria had been eradicated in 37 countries and that the WHO was helping a total 73 countries in their fight against the disease.
On tuberculosis, Dr. Candau's report said that hopes for a reduction in the disease now lie not so much in the discovery of new drugs as in the continuous and regular administration of existing ones.
The WHO has also been active in fighting virus diseases like influenza and leprosy, has been researching nutrition problems and protein rich foods and has supported family planning programmes in some 30 countries.
The organisation was involved in more than 1500 projects in 141 countries and territories last year.