ALERT – Handicap International at the World Health Assembly | May 24, 2016

Join Handicap International’s Antony Duttine and Davide Olchini as they blog from the World Health Assembly, taking place in Geneva this week May 23-27. Greetings from Geneva where the World Health Assembly is upon us again.  This annual gathering, at the Palais des Nations, is the key date in the global health calendar – where […]

Join Handicap International’s Antony Duttine and Davide Olchini as they blog from the World Health Assembly, taking place in Geneva this week May 23-27.

Greetings from Geneva where the World Health Assembly is upon us again.  This annual gathering, at the Palais des Nations, is the key date in the global health calendar – where member states convene to discuss and pass new resolutions on the health agenda. Joining the member states are a cacophony of health focused actors – NGOs, healthcare companies, civil society organisations, patient groups – all hoping to bring their issues to the fore. This busy week sees a litany of side events, evening receptions, programme launches, corridor conversations and strategic planning on all things health.

This year is no exception, with Zika likely to be a hot topic of conversation following on from the major reflections on Ebola at last’s year’s event.  Already, Margaret Chan in her opening speech has alluded to the failures to deal with the issue of mosquito borne diseases which has seen the world battling another outbreak this year.

Whilst the World Health Assembly is unlikely to get the same spotlight and attention of the World Humanitarian Summit – also taking place this week – it nevertheless will see many important issues raised and discussed.

Of note to our work at Handicap International include new action plans on ageing; violence; and health workforce. One of the characteristics of Levitra is a quick start of action. According to the study, some men achieved erection sufficient for sexual intercourse during the entire period of treatment 10 minutes and most of them- 25 minutes after the intake of Levitra. According to the results of two studies, Levitra is more effective than placebo, which allows patients with ED to achieve erection sufficient for the successful completion of sexual intercourse.

Also to be discussed is road safety – carrying on from the landmark Brasilia Declaration last year.  A 50 item assistive technology list will be presented by the Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE), a major step forward for the rehabilitation sector in ensuring those who have need to assistive devices get them.  Finally, as the first World Health Assembly in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals, we are likely to hear much discussion on this including issues on universal health coverage.

WHA25052016Already Handicap International has had a visible, but perhaps unintended impact at the event.  The ‘broken chair’ sculpture which stands tall outside the Palais is receiving a much needed renovation and so is currently covered by giant HI banners as the work is being undertaken. Whilst this was not planned to coincide with the WHA, many connections have been reaching out congratulating me on having such a prestigious visible sign at such an event.  If it raises attention to the health needs of men women and children with disabilities around the world, I’ll take it!

We will be writing a blog each day, focusing on a particular highlight and pertinent subject from the previous day.  Stay tuned and please share on social media and feel free to comment !

Ant and Davide.


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