Delegates attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland this week have agreed to an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years.
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a particular focus on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages by 2030 (SDG3).
The plan includes three targets, namely; to ensure that one billion more people benefit from universal health coverage (UHC); one billion more people are better protected from health emergencies; and one billion more people enjoy better health and wellbeing before 2023. The WHO is estimating that achieving these measures could save 29 million lives.
The World Medical Association (WMA) has welcomed the WHO’s focus on a “limited yet ambitious set of priorities" within the GPW. It said a strengthened global health workforce and the engagement of healthcare workers will be required to achieve the priorities, and called on the WHO to involve health professionals organisations in policy development at global and national levels when implementing the GPW and UHC.
The World Health Assembly will conclude tomorrow, May 26.