Once you’ve set up the alert, Google will scan the web for new content and send you an update whenever new content is posted that matches your description. You can always tweak your settings later if you are getting too many–or too few–notifications.
The single best source for real-time updates is Twitter. You can, of course, follow key actors so that their tweets appear on your timeline. You can also keep a stream of WHA-related tweets on in the background using hashtag #WHA68 (a direct link is available here).
Global Health Watch
http://www.ghwatch.org/who-watch/wha68 [thanks to Eric Friedman for the updated link!]
Global Health Watch offers thoughtful critiques and commentary of the proceedings of the World Health Assembly from a civil society perspective.
People’s Health Movement
Like Global Health Watch, People’s Health Movement provides a critical, civil society perspective.
Kaiser Family Foundation
The Kaiser Family Foundation provides excellent commentary on the proceedings, positioning discussions within the larger global policy context. KFF’s web briefing of the key issues for WHA 68 can be found here.
Access to Medicines-Specific Resources
For those who are particularly interested in following the access to medicines / trade and health issues that arise at the World Health Assembly, two websites stand out.
Intellectual Property Watch
This news source provides some of the most comprehensive (and relatively objective) coverage of intellectual property-related developments at the WHA. Historically they have had reporters attending sessions so the site contains some of the most timely and informed commentary on this issue.
Knowledge Ecology International
KEI, which also typically sends delegates to the WHA, is a team of thought leaders on access to medicines, offering an uncompromising pro-access, civil society perspective. While KEI’s ideas are sometimes on the fringe, they are rigorously researched, well-defended, and often influential.
What websites or tools do you use to follow the WHA? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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