At the World Health Assembly’s 74th session, the World Health Organization’s top decision-making body, more than 30 resolutions and decisions in various areas of public health were enacted.
The world leaders at the assembly pledged commitment to ending the COVID-19 epidemic and choices on several sectors of public health, according to a statement released by the WHO on Monday.
Ending violence against children, diabetes, disability, eye care, HIV, hepatitis, and sexually transmitted illnesses, local medication manufacturing, and malaria were the resolution reached by the WHA.
Neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases, nursing and midwifery, oral health, social determinants of health, and strategic directions for the health and care workforce were among the other resolutions.
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For example, the resolution on ending violence against children aims to improve the health sector’s ability to prevent and respond to such abuse.
“The health sector is critical in documenting the scope of the problem of child abuse, administering and monitoring prevention strategies, and providing treatments to ameliorate the effects of exposure to violence.
The new resolution lays out a series of steps that states what the WHO Secretariat should implement in conjunction with other stakeholders to safeguard children’s health and well-being.
The new resolution, according to WHO, encourages governments to accelerate the implementation of two WHO-led technical packages, INSPIRE: Seven Strategies to End Violence Against Children and RESPECT Women.
In addition to the resolutions passed, the assembly revealed that it has assigned new simple labels using Greek letters to key variations of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The B.1.1.7 variety of concern first found in the United Kingdom, for example, will henceforth be referred to as “Alpha.” “Beta” will be the one found in South Africa.
The labels were chosen following extensive collaboration and consideration of a variety of possible naming schemes.
The UN health agency, on the other hand, urged national governments, media outlets, and others to use the new labels to make public communication easier.