WHO chief unveils reforms, with more science, apps and an academy - (Yahoo News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • The World Health Organization introduced reforms on Wednesday that target billions of people around the world and emphasize primary care for all rather than "moonshot" initiatives to eliminate diseases, as reported by Yahoo News.

  • According to the news source, the reform firmly reshapes the UN health agency with the manifesto of its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was elected in 2017 promising to focus on "universal health coverage" (UHC).

  • Announcing the reforms, Tedros remarked that UHC is the "WHO's top priority, and is central to everything we do."

  • Changes include creating a new chief scientist role, reflecting the WHO's determination to be ahead of the curve on frontier technologies such as gene editing, as well as a new chief of antimicrobial resistance to tackle what Tedros said was "one of the most urgent health threats of our time."

  • Meanwhile, Carissa Etienne, the agency's Americas chief, announced a new WHO Academy based in France that she said would "revolutionize health learning globally."

  • "Our vision is a state-of-the-art school to deliver high-quality, multi-lingual learning, both on-line and in-person, alongside a cutting-edge simulation center for health emergencies," she said.

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