This year's World Health Assembly (WHA74) took place from the 24th to the 31st of May 2021 and was virtually hosted from Geneva. The main theme of WHA74 was the topic of pandemics, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways to prevent them by building a safer, healthier, and fairer world.
The WHO recognized the importance of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and was happy to extend the Global Coordination Mechanism on the presentation and control of NCDs until 2023.
"We have noted the guidance and support from Member States on extending, and even strengthening, the role of the Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs in supporting WHO's work on multistakeholder engagement for the prevention and control of NCDs" - Director-General Dr. Tedros
We are pleased to report that the WHA adopted a resolution on strengthening WHO preparedness and response for emergencies, and agreed to reconvene in November 2021 at a special session of the WHA. During this meeting, Member States will consider the development of a WHO convention, agreement, or other international instruments on pandemic preparedness and response.
On behalf of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Health, WSO called for better circulatory disease care and prevention in the context of COVID-19 and future emergency preparedness in the below statement.
Strengthening WHO's global emergency preparedness and response --> https://www.world-stroke.org/assets/downloads/Item_17_GCCH_Joint_Statement_WHA74.pdf
WSO also supported the below statements relevant for circulatory diseases delivered by partner organized.
Oral Health Statement --> https://www.world-stroke.org/assets/downloads/FDI-IADR_Statement_WHA74_13.2_NCDs_Oral_Health_Final_.pdf
Diabetes Prevention and Management --> https://www.world-stroke.org/assets/downloads/WHA74_-_diabetes_resolution_statement_-_final_for_website.pdf
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.