Update from the Seventy-fourth World Health Assembly – 28 May 2021

  • New resolutions on the well being and care workforce and strategic instructions for nursing and midwifery
  • Selections on affected person security; well being, setting and local weather change; chemical substances administration; coordination of labor on noncommunicable illnesses
  • World Motion Plan for Wholesome Lives and Wellbeing for All
  • Prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment

Defend, safeguard and spend money on the well being and care workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the important function of all well being and care employees on the forefront of the pandemic, who’ve confronted a number of dangers associated to their well being, well-being and security.

The decision on Defending, safeguarding and investing within the well being and care workforce requires motion to ensure that investments in our workforce guarantee they’re: expert, educated, geared up, supported and enabled. It stresses the necessity
for first rate pay, recognition, a secure working setting, and safety of their rights.

The decision highlights the necessity to:

It mandates the Director-Common to replace and strengthen implementation of WHO’s motion plan on well being employment and inclusive financial progress, working with Member States and related companions.

The World Strategic Instructions for Nursing and Midwifery 2021–2025 and
its accompanying decision present coverage suggestions on training, jobs, management, and repair supply that can assist international locations be sure that their nurses and midwives have most affect on inhabitants well being outcomes. These insurance policies are derived
from the proof revealed within the State of the World’s Nursing Report (2020) and the State of the World’s Midwifery Report (2021).

2021 is the Worldwide Yr of the Well being and Care Employees. On the coronary heart of this Yr is the popularity that to be able to handle the pandemic, keep well being providers, enhance well being workforce readiness, training and studying, and roll out COVID-19
vaccination equitably, the world should defend and spend money on well being and care employees.

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Choice on Affected person Security goals to remove avoidable hurt in well being care globally

Delegates agreed on concrete motion to remove avoidable hurt in well being care by adopting the primary ever “World Affected person Security Motion Plan 2021–2030”. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of sufferers endure accidents or die as a consequence of unsafe well being care
globally, with 134 million opposed occasions occurring yearly in low- and middle-income international locations alone, contributing to 2.6 million deaths.  Even in high-income international locations, about 1 in 10 sufferers is harmed whereas receiving hospital care. 
It’s estimated that nearly half of those occasions may be prevented.

In 2019 a WHA decision on world motion on affected person security acknowledged affected person security as a key world well being precedence, requesting WHO to seek the advice of with international locations and stakeholders to formulate a worldwide affected person security motion plan.

Right this moment’s choice offers strategic and sensible route to international locations to formulate insurance policies and implement interventions in any respect ranges and settings aimed toward bettering affected person security. The motion plan outlines precedence actions to be taken by governments,
civil society, worldwide organizations, intergovernmental organizations, WHO and, most significantly, by well being care amenities internationally. WHO will work in cooperation with Member States within the growth of their respective implementation
plans, in accordance with their nationwide context.

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World technique on well being, setting and local weather change

Essential steps have already been taken to implement the 2019 WHO world technique on well being, setting and local weather change: the transformation wanted to enhance lives and well-being sustainably via wholesome environments.

These embrace the manifesto for a inexperienced and wholesome restoration from COVID-19, a plan of motion on biodiversity and well being; advocacy for water, sanitation and hygiene in health-care amenities; launch of the Hand Hygiene for All World Initiative; well being
messages for the upcoming COP-26 (UN Local weather Change Convention of Events); the worldwide marketing campaign to forestall lead poisoning; numerous regional motion plans and fora to assist nation motion on well being and setting. WHO has supplied assist to a quantity
of nations on well being and setting associated tasks.

Delegates on the WHA have now determined to report on progress on the technique in 2, 4, and eight years’ time.

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Worldwide Chemical substances Administration and the function of the well being sector

Delegates additionally determined to report once more in 2 years’ time on progress in the direction of the implementation of the WHO Chemical substances Street Map, highlighting the important function of well being in sound chemical substances administration, and have to mainstream chemical substances administration into
all well being programmes.  Additionally they requested the Secretariat to replace the street map to arrange suggestions concerning the Strategic Method and the sound administration of chemical substances and waste past 2020.

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Extension of the World Coordination Mechanism for Noncommunicable Ailments

The World Coordination Mechanism (GCM) for Noncommunicable Ailments will likely be prolonged till 2030. The GCM was established in 2014. 

A variety of measures have been really helpful to enhance its effectiveness. These embrace growth of a workplan for the supply of the 5 capabilities for which the GCM has accountability. The plan will embrace a transparent imaginative and prescient, a strong outcomes framework,
efficiency and end result indicators and readability on how the mechanism will perform its capabilities in a means that’s built-in with WHO’s ongoing work on NCDs. The plan will likely be submitted to the World Well being Meeting in 2022, after consideration
by the Government Board.  

Sensible instruments for sharing data and disseminating details about progressive actions from quite a lot of stakeholders working at nation degree will likely be developed. So will a worldwide stock-take of motion from numerous stakeholders at nation degree,
along with steerage to Member States on engagement with non-State actors, together with on the prevention and administration of potential dangers. Recommendation will likely be supplied to civil society on develop nationwide multi-stakeholder responses to NCDs and
maintain governments to account; and the capability of individuals residing with NCDs to take part within the co-creation of whole-of-society responses to NCDs will likely be strengthened.

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World Motion Plan for Wholesome Lives and Wellbeing for All – SDG GAP

Delegates highlighted that the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed a decade of progress on SDG targets and underscored the necessity to redouble efforts by accelerating implementation of SDG3 GAP, WHO’s 13th normal programme of labor, and the Major
Well being Care particular programme.

There was broad assist for the SDG3 GAP and WHO’s convening function.  Delegates famous the GAP’s key function in strengthening major well being care and advancing progress in the direction of the targets set out within the World Technique on Girls’s, Youngsters’s and
Adolescents’ well being.  Additionally they emphasised its concentrate on country-level affect and its important function in supporting equitable and resilient restoration.  

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Prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse

On the Strategic briefing Stopping sexual exploitation and abuse: from coverage to follow in well being emergencies, the Secretariat outlined what WHO is doing throughout all ranges of the group to forestall sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and harassment.

WHO is dedicated to taking a complete, holistic and survivor-centred method to PSEA and sexual harassment, and is taking actions within the areas of coverage, capacity-development and operations. PSEA focal factors in Ukraine, Guinea and Bangladesh knowledgeable Member States of their work in disaster settings for communities and workers, together with common and necessary PSEA coaching for WHO workers, implementation of hotlines to soundly report complaints, designation of trusted neighborhood focal factors, and continued liaison with companion businesses in prevention efforts.

The Director-Common addressed the 5th assembly of Committee B on Agenda merchandise 30.2 – the report of the Inside Auditor on stopping sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (A74/36). The Director-Common assured Delegates that they are going to obtain common month-to-month updates on the investigations of the Unbiased Fee on allegations of sexual misconduct throughout the response to the tenth  Ebola outbreak within the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Secretariat may also present quarterly briefings to Member States, as required by the Government Board, and have devoted agenda gadgets on this subject for future WHO governance conferences. As well as, WHO will:

  • set up a WHO job workforce, led by a senior feminine workers member, to speed up the implementation of organization-wide WHO insurance policies and procedures, adopting a holistic method to prevention and administration of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual harassment. The duty workforce may also oversee the implementation of the Unbiased Fee suggestions;
  • set up a casual consultative group of exterior consultants who can advise on ‘finest at school’ approaches, recognizing that Member States and different entities have helpful expertise and experience that WHO can draw upon.


Director-Common’s introductory remarks on agenda merchandise 30.2, report A74/36 on the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment, and the report of PBAC A74/51


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