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The Federation of Medicus Mundi Spain today received the 2016 Sasakawa Health Prize for its 20 years of work strengthening the primary health care systems of Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru.

The 69th World Health Assembly elected Colombia, Jamaica, and Mexico to replace Argentina, Brazil, and Suriname in the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the next three years.

At a plenary session of the 69th World Health Assembly, ministers and delegates from the countries of the Americas addressed the health-related aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In their presentations, the speakers covered subjects ranging from the management of outbreaks of the Zika virus and other communicable diseases to the challenge of achieving universal health coverage.

Experts from United Nations agencies and representatives from Uruguay, Canada, and other countries met at a technical briefing on the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's, and Adolescent Health (2016-2030), held within the framework of the 69th World Health Assembly. British physician David Nabarro, United Nations Special Adviser for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, stated that "investing in women and children's health and well-being reduces poverty and is cost-effective".

Grenada was appointed to the vice-presidency of Committee A, which debates technical and health matters at the 69th World Health Assembly, this week in Geneva, Switzerland. The Minister of Health and Social Security of Grenada, Nickolas Steele, will hold the position.