Report of the WHO Regional Pacific meeting, held in Manila, Philippines, October 7 -11 2019.

 

Our United Nations Representative,  Jaymie Henry, MD, MPH attended the 70th World Health Organization Regional Committee Meeting, held at the Office of the Western Pacific, in October.

We are pleased to present her Summary Report of this Global Surgical engagement.

Please do read it.  You will also find some great photographs!

Here is a taster… 

The World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region is home to nearly 1.9 billion people, or more than one quarter of the world’s population, spread across 27 countries and 10 areas (Fig 1).

The region showcases a diverse population, socioeconomic status, history, and maturity of health systems. As a result, the various health issues addressed range from TB, NTDs, and AMR to tobacco control, among others.

In May of 2015, the World Health Assembly passed resolution 68.15 on ‘Strengthening Emergency and Essential Surgery as a Component of Universal Health Coverage,’ representing a landmark change in Global Surgery advocacy and work thus far. Subsequently, the WHA passed an amendment to the resolution calling for the Director General to report back on progress on the resolution every third year until 2030. Significant work ensued, as countries began the task of creating national surgical plans and strategies.

In May of 2019, the Governments of Fiji, Palau, and Tonga organized a side event at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland centered on ‘Safe and Affordable Surgery,’ which received a favorable response.

This year, at the 70th World Health Organization Regional Committee Meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Office, ‘Safe and Affordable Surgery’ will once again be taken up as a side event. This presents an opportunity to raise the awareness on the issues surrounding the delivery of quality safe surgery, including anesthesia, in the region.

Please click here to access the full report.