This year, the member states’ delegates, global health experts and the civil society representatives gathered in Palais des Nations in Geneva for the 75th World Health Assembly from 22-28 May.
The World health assembly was themed “Health for Peace, Peace for Health”. In a world threatened by conflict, inequities, the climate crisis and a pandemic, the World Health Assembly focused on the importance of building a healthy and peaceful planet by harnessing science, data, technology and innovation.
The assembly passed several resolutions and strategies on several areas of public health like mental health, human resource for health, TB, polio, immunization, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases, infection prevention and control, etc. In addition to these the resolutions on financing of the WHO and future works on preparedness for health emergencies including health emergencies in Ukraine was also passed. This year’s assembly re-elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the Director General of WHO for a second five-year term.
With regard to eye health, the World Health Assembly was packed with remarkable activities- from the launch of WHO tools to the presentation of two statements at the WHO governing bodies. In an event hosted by IAPB, the WHO Eye care in health systems – Guide for action, an important set of tools towards universal eye health was launched. This tool provides step-by-step guidance to support Member States in implementing the recommendations of the World report on vision. Furthermore, it links to other tools developed by WHO, including Eye care situation analysis tool (ECSAT); Package of eye care interventions (PECI); Eye care indicator menu (ECIM) and Eye care competency framework (ECCF). Health leaders from countries- Bangladesh, Indonesia, Australia, Ethiopia and Tanzania; and WHO representatives including Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General spoke at the event.
IAPB presented two statements at the WHO governing bodies. The first on Pillar 1 One billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage, agenda item. This was a to the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, grouping 1.1. 2 (b) Draft recommendations to strengthen and monitor diabetes responses within national noncommunicable disease programmes, including potential targets, was presented at Committee A among the member states.
“IAPB, the alliance for global eye health, supports the adoption of targets to strengthen and monitor diabetes responses. Globally, over 160 million people with diabetes have Diabetic Retinopathy, the most common microvascular complication of diabetes.”