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From 22-23 November, WHF participated in a Special Session of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva, Switzerland, held to discuss the Draft 13th General Programme of Work (GPW13) for the years 2019-2023.
GPW13 sets out three strategic priorities for WHO: ‘Health Coverage’, ‘Health Emergencies’ and ‘Health Priorities’, with a vision to ‘Promote health, keep the world safe, serve the vulnerable’.
The draft GPW13 is accompanied by an ‘Impact Framework’, which explains how success of the strategy will be measured and evaluated.
Governments supported this ambitious vision and mission, and the alignment of GPW13 with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), though expressed concerns about the costs of implementation and how WHO would become more operational. Member States also requested further information on targets and indicators include in the Impact Framework.
Position of WHF
The current draft of GPW13 was open for consultation prior to the Executive Board meeting, and the WHF compiled and submitted a response to the draft based on comments drawn from WHF Members, Board and staff.
WHF delivered a policy statement at the session, which was supported by the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), World Hypertension League (WHL) and World Stroke Organization (WSO). Among its key comments and recommendations were:
You can read the statement delivered by WHF here, and our full consultation response here.
The WHO Executive Board announced that a revised and updated GPW13 and Impact Framework will be released on 5th January 2018 for discussion at the 142nd Session of the WHO Executive Board (or ‘EB142’), which will be held from 22-27 January 2018.
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