YP-CDN at the 70th World Health Assembly (May 22-31)

On May 22-31, some of YP-CDN's global team members were at the 70th World Health Assembly (#WHA70) in Geneva, Switzerland! On the WHA agenda of health challenges and responses to review were the global NCD policy process at the UN, shortage of medicines and vaccines, a resolution on cancer, progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and more.

With a focus on equipping the next generation of NCD practitioners and leaders, our team (top left photo) featured on a range of panels and took part in many collaborative discussions:
Key highlights from #WHA70:
  • A historic resolution on cancer: Health leaders and governments from around the world reaffirmed cancer control and prevention as health priorities as they agreed upon a new cancer resolution at the #WHA70. The 2017 WHO Cancer Resolution emphasizes integration of cancer efforts across national health plans and calls to scale up activities in line with the SDGs. In the lead-up to the UN High-Level meeting, this historic resolution offers a key opportunity to check-in against cancer and NCD targets.
  • Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) finally a focal point at WHA: 34 governments of the WHO Executive Board recommended a resolution on "rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease" for adoption at the 2018 World Health Assembly. This historic decision marks the first time that governments have paid global-level attention to tackling this disease of inequity. The resolution contains 5 recommendations for governments, 5 for WHO, and 3 action points for civil society organizations. Once adopted by the full WHO in May next year, the resolution will become a high-level policy that demands commitment by national and international decision-makers to prioritize and fund RHD prevention and control. 
  • Election of a new WHO Director-General: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, renowned for leading a comprehensive reform effort of Ethiopia's health system as its Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs, will begin his five-year term as the first Director-General from Africa on July 1, 2017.
 
"The tsunami of NCDs, particularly in developing countries, concerns me and requires urgent attention." - Dr. Tedros, in conversation with YP-CDN's Jordan Jarvis

About Da-Yae Lee

YP-CDN Communications and Design Intern / Aspiring PH Grad Student / Smith College Class of 2014

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YP-CDN at the 70th World Health Assembly (May 22-31)
YP-CDN at the 70th World Health Assembly (May 22-31)
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