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Yunus's Social Business highlighted in WHO Special Global Health Commission Report

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Yunus's Social Business highlighted in WHO Special Global Health Commission Report

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President Hollande of France and President Zuma of South Africa, Co-Chairs of High Level WHO Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth presented its final report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Head Quarters on September 20.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is a member of this High Level WHO Commission appointed by the UN Secretary General.

On March 2 of this year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of a Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth tasked with proposing actions to redress inequities, and stimulate and guide the creation of health and social sector jobs for inclusive economic growth.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is one of the commissioners invited by the Director General of WHO Dr Margaret Chan to join the Commission to provide a balance of policy, technical and geographical expertise for the report. Other commissioners include Nobel Laureate in Economics Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Dr Judith Shamian, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission, Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD and Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The report was formally handed over to the Secretary General in a formal ceremony in the presence of all members of the Commission at a special meeting convened at UN Headquarters on September 20 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

On the previous day, the Commissioners met at a special meeting at UN Headquarters to endorse the report in a session moderated by Dr Richard Horton, Editor of Lancet.

The report, which aims to convince Heads of State of the pressing need for strong mobilization in favor of enhancing the health workforce as well as health employment in order to contribute to the 2030 SDG Agenda, made ten recommendations made in the report relate to job creation, gender and women's rights, education training and skills, health service delivery and organization, harnessing of cost effective ICT, crises and humanitarian settings, financing and fiscal space, partnership and cooperation, international migration, data, information and accountability.

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus was invited by the Director General of WHO to contribute a special box in the report on the role that social business can play in reaching healthcare to the poorest around the world who are not reached by conventional health care programs. This is now presented in final report as a box. Professor Yunus argued that the solution to healthcare is in making it sustainable, and affordable, to the extent of making it almost costless by introducing power of technology to enable it to reach every single person on the planet, focusing on prevention, promotion of social business entrepreneurship and elimination of all unhealthy foods and drinks.

The report recommends the UN Secretary General to help establishing appropriate global framework and makes sure recommendations in the report are included in action plans by national governments and to develop a five-year implementation plans for the recommendations.

Ends/thereport24.com/HB/Sept 21, 2016