May 30, 2023 8:50 am

Progress and challenges in women’s, children’s and adolescent well being

The Planet Well being Assembly delegates in Committee A discussed progress against the Worldwide Tactic for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Well being (2016-2030). For the duration of the discussion, which took spot more than two days, drawing comments from a higher quantity of Member States, the delegates strongly reiterated their commitment to the Tactic as a priority for international well being and expressed alarm about stalling progress in enhancing maternal and newborn survival.

The Director-General’s report on the Tactic presented to the Planet Well being Assembly expressed alarm that maternal mortality prices have stagnated considering that 2016. Additionally, if existing trends continue, it stated, 54 nations will fall quick of meeting the Sustainable Improvement Target (SDG) target for beneath-5 mortality and 63 nations will not realize the SDG target for neonatal mortality. Levels of violence against girls and girls stay alarmingly higher, although mental well being challenges represent an rising well being threat for adolescents.

Delegates emphasized the value of an integrated, life-course strategy to enhance outcomes, like access to sexual and reproductive well being solutions, as properly as higher efforts and investment to accelerate progress in the poorest, fragile and conflict-impacted nations.

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  • A76/five Worldwide Tactic for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Well being (2016–2030) Report by the Director-Common
  • Associated progress reports

Member States urge WHO to hold momentum on function to avoid and respond to sexual misconduct

Committee B this afternoon discussed the Prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (Item 22.1) as aspect of the Assessment of and update on matters deemed by the Executive Board (Item 22, Pillar four)

The Committee heard the suggestions of the Programme, Spending budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board and the Committee’s Chair opened the floor. Australia spoke on behalf of 61 Member States from across WHO’s regions Botswana spoke on behalf of the 47 African Area Member States Israel, India, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, United Kingdom of Fantastic Britain and Northern Ireland, Kenya, the United States of America, South Africa, Maldives, Ecuador, Bangladesh and Peru also took the floor.

All speakers acknowledged the important progress created by WHO in tackling sexual misconduct and welcomed each the new Policy on Addressing Sexual Misconduct (PASM), launched in March 2023, and the 3-year technique to avoid and respond to sexual misconduct, launched in January this year. Member States highlighted the want for the conclusion of the situations relating to the response to the 10th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2018-2019) like holding perpetrators to account and supporting victims and survivors comprehensively. They welcomed WHO’s transparency in publishing dashboards capturing each investigations and disciplinary action taken. They encouraged WHO to continue to make progress and lead by instance inside the UN technique. Member States stressed that stopping and responding to sexual misconduct is a shared duty and they will continue to assistance WHO.

The Director-Common thanked Member States for their assistance and reminded Member States that WHO is focusing on 4 places: altering the organizational culture – a procedure that requires time obtaining protected and trusted reporting mechanisms in spot making sure swift and credible investigations and setting deadlines for the finish-to-finish procedure (200 days) and following a victim and survivor-centered strategy.

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A76/7 Rev.1
Consolidated report by the Director-Common

Prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment
Report of the Programme, Spending budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board to the Seventy-sixth Planet Well being Assembly

Sustainable financing: feasibility of a replenishment mechanism

The Seventy-fifth Planet Well being Assembly adopted the suggestions of the Functioning Group on Sustainable Financing, requesting WHO to discover the feasibility of a replenishment mechanism to broaden additional the financing base. 

In response, WHO submitted an assessment of the feasibility of such replenishment mechanism. Member States noted the report and reaffirmed the want for much more sustainable, predictable and versatile financing of WHO. The report summarizes the evaluation of the six principles that are to serve as the basis for thinking of a WHO replenishment mechanism and proposes the significant components of a initially “WHO investment round” to implement such a mechanism in 2024. 

Member States adopted a selection welcoming the continued work to sustainably finance WHO and requested a program for the Initially Investment Round in 2024, in closer consultation with Member States, for the EB in January 2024.

Associated hyperlinks

A76/32, A76/40 and A76/40 Add.1 

Outcomes Report 2022, Monetary report and audit for year ended 31 December 2022

Financing and implementation Programme Spending budget 22-23 and outlook of Programme Spending budget 24-25  

Member States welcomed the Results Report and the detailed function discovered therein. Further progress is necessary to realize the triple billion targets towards attaining the well being-connected Sustainable Improvement Ambitions and meeting other well being challenges. 

The mid-term critique of the Programme Spending budget 2022–2023 shows that, despite the progress in 2022 towards the triple billion targets, outcomes and outputs, primarily based on the GPW 13 final results framework, the planet is not on track to meet the targets.  While significantly has been accomplished, additional urgent action is necessary to realize the objectives. 

In addition, essential accomplishments and selected effect case research are highlighted in the report to exemplify how the Secretariat and Member States function collectively to drive well being effect at the nation level, exactly where it matters most. 

The Well being Assembly noted the Outcomes Report.  

Member States also noted the reports on financing and implementation of the Programme Spending budget. Despite good trends, as of 31 March 2023, the base programmes of WHO have a funding gap of US$ 443.eight million, immediately after like projections of voluntary contributions. The existing gap is compounded by the challenge of persisting “pockets of poverty” – underscoring the urgent want for much more sustainable financing.  

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Outcomes Report 2022 (Programme price range 2022–2023: functionality assessment)
Mid-term critique of implementation of the Programme price range 2022–2023 


Audited Monetary Statements for the year ended 31 December 2022 


Voluntary contributions by fund and by contributor, 2022 


WHO reform
WHO presence in nations, territories and places: 2023 report 

WHO’s Contribution towards well being outcomes from the Outcomes Report 


Financing and implementation of the Programme price range 2022–2023 and outlook on financing of the Programme price range 2024–2025  


Financing and implementation of the Programme price range 2022–2023 and outlook on financing of the Programme price range 2024–2025
Reporting on operational efficiencies 

Delegates assistance keeping momentum and innovations to finish TB 

Right now delegates at the Seventy-sixth Planet Well being Assembly participated in a Strategic Roundtable on Ending TB by 2030: Universal access to care, multisectoral collaboration, and innovations to accelerate progress and combat antimicrobial resistance.

TB, a treatable and curable communicable illness, remains a prime infectious killer, claiming 1.six million lives and affecting millions of added lives and livelihoods annually.

Ministers of well being, leaders from civil society, companion organizations and WHO shared initially-hand reflections on international and national leadership and innovations to finish TB, as properly as challenges and issues, like rising threats of antimicrobial resistance.

Dr Atul Gawande, Deputy Administrator, USAID and Ambassador Zbigniew Czech, Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN Workplace in Geneva, highlighted the value of constructing stronger partnerships and integrating TB solutions into principal well being care.

Delegates heard stories of halted and reversed progress Dr Ethel Leonor Noia Maciel, Secretary of Well being, Brazil noted declining prices of TB service coverage throughout the pandemic although also highlighting the want for shared duty and sources across sectors to tackle the core drivers of the TB epidemic.

There had been stories of resilience also Sylvia Masebo, Minister of Well being, Zambia, which is one particular of the 30 higher TB burden nations, reported that the nation managed to preserve progress in spite of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and shared lessons discovered on how combating TB and COVID-19 could strengthen pandemic preparedness.  Mr Setiaji, Deputy Minister for Well being Technologies, Indonesia described the country’s new revolutionary national well being financing technique, its efforts to deliver equitable TB solutions and the country’s commitment to advance TB investigation, in unique for new vaccine improvement.

Top rated leaders in the fight against TB noted the value of the political momentum in the lead up to the upcoming second UN Higher-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB which will take spot in September. The HLM can deliver the political impetus necessary to turn the tide in the fight against TB and quickly-track progress to attain the vital TB connected targets of the Sustainable Improvement Ambitions by 2030.

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