This year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) was the first one for Dr Tedros as Director General. Things kicked off in a very different way with a ‘Walk the Talk: the health for all challenge’ event around Geneva on Sunday. This saw WHA delegates and the Genevois come together to walk, jog and run around the city. Check out how our President, Sanchia Aranda, and President-Elect, Princess Dina Mired, got involved here. Check out #healthforall on Twitter for photos of the event.
Also on Sunday, UICC was invited to co-host a side event with a number of UN Agencies which launched a call to action to eliminate cervical cancer globally. Arguing that we have all the ingredients for success, the WHO Director General re-iterated the need for action in side events during the WHA week and during Committee discussions.
On Wednesday 23rd May World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRFI) launched Diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer: a global perspective. This brings together the key findings from the Third Expert Review on the evidence on preventing and surviving cancer through diet, nutrition and physical activity, as part of WCRFI’s Continuous Update Project.
Finally, on Thursday 24th the NCD Alliance launched their new practical guide Integrated care: Shaping the health systems of the future. The report draws together case studies and recommendations from existing integrated care programmes across different NCDs to identify common lessons learned and opportunities.
UICC was also proud to host three UICC members from Mexico, Indonesia and Uganda to take part in the first Treatment for All workshop and join the UICC delegation to take part in the WHA.
A number of cancer-relevant agenda items were discussed at the WHA:
A number of Member States voiced concern over the ability to fund the GPW and requested further details about the shift to investing more resources in national offices to support Governments in the development of UHC and other GPW priorities. The resolution was adopted and you can read UICC’s statement here.
The resolution was adopted urging Member States to step-up efforts to prevent and control NCDs and for countries to participate in the upcoming HLM at the Head of State or Government level. Read UICC’s statement here.
You can review all the official WHA documents here.