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We’re Part Of Landmark Resolutions

We’re Part Of Landmark Resolutions
The Minister for Mealth and Medical Services Jone Usamate (front right), with Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nazhat Shameem (front left), and Dr Eric Rafaai (sitting at the back).
June 04
08:12 2015

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation closed the 68th World Health Assembly, noting the passing of several “land mark resolutions and decisions”.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Health and Medical service, Jone Usamate. He was accompanied by the Deputy Secretary for Public Health, Dr Eric Rafaai.

Their attendance was supported by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and the Ambassador to Switzerland, Nazhat Shameem.

Several resolutions were passed after debate and negotiations between delegates of the member countries of the WHO. The major resolutions passed by the assembly of particular importance to Fiji’s health services were:

1. A resolution to endorse a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance, which includes antibiotic resistance;

2. A resolution to improve access to sustainable supplies of affordable vaccines and to extend immunisation to the entire population usually children;

3. A resolution endorsing the Rome declaration on Nutrition and a Framework for Action, which recommended a series of policies and programmes across health, food and agriculture sectors to address malnutrition; and

4. Member states agreed to a set of indicators to monitor progress for global nutrition targets in 2012 when the WHA endorsed a comprehensive plan on maternal, infant and young children. They agreed for most member countries to begin reporting on the indicators from 2016.

There were other resolutions on the health impact of air pollution, epilepsy and global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property rights.

The assembly occurs annually in May at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, generally attended by health ministers from all 194 member countries.

Mr Usamate will travel to Korea next to sign an MOU with the Ministry of Health there. This will be followed by visits to partner institutions based in Korea.

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