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Thread. A battle over #breastfeeding has been brewing this week at @WHO headquarters at the #WHA71 where countries are negotiating a resolution on infant and young child feeding #IYCF. 1/
@WHO The IYCF resolution itself is not controversial but quickly became politicized when, reportedly, the US delegation (ie Trump Administration) started using bullying tactics to get countries to not introduce the resolution. Allegedly threatening trade for example. 2/
This had a chilling effect. No country wanted to take the risk of a backlash from the US and the #breastfeeding resolution was at risk. 3/
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I am at #WHA71, the 71st World Health Assembly @WHO. I see a striking pattern that is a major shift in global health: a greater focus on advancing individual systems of care—for primary health, childbirth, surgery, diagnostics—and not just controlling individual diseases. 1/6
To succeed, “vertical” programs (such as polio eradication, HIV treatment, TB care) commonly worked outside existing medical systems, because they are so broken. Expanding the efforts, however, requires making basic systems work. And the world is starting to define how. 2/6
For example, @WHO for the first time identified a list of 113 essential, cost-effective diagnostic tests—from blood sugar levels (for diabetes) to basic blood loss counts to HIV tests—that humans require for long, healthy life. 3/6…
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