This week at the World Health Assembly 75, several African member states presented a rare demonstration of African power and solidarity by objecting the proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations(IHR). This is a move that many people believe has the potential to shake up the World Health Organization's dominance.
Moses Keetile, deputy permanent secretary in Botswana's health ministry, told the assembly on Tuesday on behalf of the Africa region, that "The African region shares the view that the process should not be fast tracked. Another concerned African delegate in Geneva also expressed concerns that ,"We find that they are going too quickly and these sorts of reforms can't be rushed through,"
Iran and Malaysia have also voiced opposition to the planned amendments to the IHR, while Russia and Brazil seem to be getting ready to make significant changes to the regulations governing world health, or perhaps potentially leave the WHO. In the meanwhile, India voiced concerns on audits regarding problems in WHO financials.
In the video bleow President Jair Bolsonaro is heard saying he won't be signing any WHO "pandemic treaty."
According to Reuters, “if Africa continues to withhold support, it could block one of the only concrete reforms expected from the meeting, fraying hopes that members will unite on reforms to strengthen the U.N. health agency’s rules as it seeks a central role for itself in global health policy.”
Twitter users have reacted to this news with many applauding Africa nations for standing up for equality and fairness.