WHO, the World Bank and Universal Health Coverage
"Jim Kim has finally revealed his hand on the Bank’s future approach to health"
Chatham House "At the annual meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, which closed on 27 May, the World Bank president, Jim Kim, made an impassioned speech. (...) First, he endorsed wholeheartedly the spirit of the Alma-Ata declaration – a highly symbolic act in the context of the WHO-Bank relationship. Second, he committed the Bank to pursuing UHC. He praised Thailand’s adoption of UHC policies, noting that they had been introduced in spite of fiscal concerns raised by the Bank. Third, he unequivocally condemned user fee policies as 'unjust and unnecessary'. These are all powerful messages – directed at his own staff as much as at WHO. He concluded with a plea to reduce the fragmentation of global health funders which was ‘literally killing people’," writes Charles Clift in a comment for Chatham House.