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November 19, 2020 Thursday 11:30:22 AM IST

UCL professor to lead new World Health Organisation council

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Leading UCL economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato (UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose) will chair a new World Health Organisation (WHO) Council on the Economics of Health for All. The council, announced by Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will focus on the links between investments in health and achieving economic growth that is more sustainable, inclusive and innovation-led.

Comprised of top economists and health experts, it aims to mobilise investment in local and global health systems for long-term gain, rather than short-term wins, helping to address inequalities. The goal is healthier populations and economies that are more sustainable and inclusive. Dr Tedros and Professor Mazzucato will work together to help place the Health for All agenda at the core of how economic growth is understood — at the local and global level.

The Council is expected to hold its first virtual session in the coming weeks, and will discuss its work plan and mode of operation. It will regularly provide statements on occasion of leader’s meetings, provide ideas for implementing change, and help inform the piloting of local initiatives at country level. At the same time it aims to change the narrative to ensure that the post-Covid economy is better for global health than the one that led to the pandemic in the first place.

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