MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018

World Health Assembly discusses healthcare regulations and applications

WHA discusses polio, International Health Regulations, and surgical care
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The World Health Assembly recently met to discuss a variety of health concerns, including polio eradication, application of the International Health Regulations (2005) and surgical care.

The meeting’s delegates made a resolution that recommitted the member states to polio eradication and phased withdrawal for oral polio vaccines. Polio will only be eradicated through global solidarity.

The delegates reviewed the most recent information about the global epidemiology of polio as well as ongoing efforts. They highlight Africa’s remarkable progress, as the continent has not reported a wild poliovirus case since August 2014. Health professionals have stopped three large multi-country outbreaks in Central Africa, Horn of Africa and the Middle East. Progress is being made in Pakistan and other areas, as the areas have been in coordination with the Vaccine Alliance.

The meeting’s participants agreed to support the recommendations from the International Health Regulations Review Committee, which stated that the deadline should be extended to 2016. This new deadline will give all of the involved countries more time to apply the health regulations. The report stated that there must be dynamic, ongoing evaluations of the improvement and process of the regulations through independent assessments.

Concerning surgical care, the delegates founded a resolution to strengthen the essential and emergency care around the world. A variety of health conditions -- including diabetes, cancer, road traffic injuries and obstructed labor -- can be resolved with surgery. Unfortunately, many areas of the world have limited access to surgical care and its utensils, such as anesthesia. The resolutions seeks to resolve this problem by assisting countries in applying and adopting health policies that combine safe, quality and affordable surgical care with the current health system.

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