As Members of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, the International Diabetes Federation, the International Society for Nephrology, the World Heart Federation and the World Stroke Organization thank you for the opportunity to provide inputs on the EU-led Draft Resolution on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies. The Global Coalition for Circulatory Health brings together international, regional and national stakeholders in circulatory health to drive the urgent action needed to combat diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
As Members of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, we support and welcome the proposed resolution to increase efforts to build and strengthen WHO mechanisms and preparedness systems to protect the global population against the spread of disease and to minimize the health risks associated with health emergencies.
People living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), in particular circulatory conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, are at higher risk of poor outcomes during health crises. In the face of health emergencies, a strategic response and joint operational plans are essential to provide people living with NCDs with the necessary support to access and receive treatment.
Hence, we call upon the Member States to include the following in the Resolution on Strengthening WHO Preparedness for and Response to Health Emergencies:
Achieving our vision of a life free from stroke is a task that WSO cannot achieve alone. We are committed to building our partnerships at the global, regional and national level to scale up and deliver improvements in prevention, treatment and support to reduce the burden of stroke.