WHA pictureEvery year in Geneva, delegations from the 193 Member States of the World Health Organisation (WHO) gather to discuss health challenges of global significance. This is known as the World Health Assembly (WHA).

Tuberculosis (TB) was firmly on the agenda this year, reflective of the current unprecedented political attention on TB. In September, world leaders will gather on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly for the first ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB. It was encouraging, therefore, to see many supportive statements from member states for stepping up political engagement on TB and support for the WHO accountability framework that was presented. For the UN High-Level Meeting to be a success, rather than empty rhetoric and another piece of paper, it is essential that member states at the High-Level Meeting agree to be held to account.

As such, RESULTS UK alongside other civil society organisations, focussed our advocacy efforts around gaining support from member states for a robust accountability framework to result from the High-Level Meeting, recognising the WHA as an important stepping stone towards the High Level Meeting and the role of WHO in continuing to conduct consultations on the issue. This advocacy was conducted through outreach to the health representatives of the Geneva missions of various countries and meeting with various country delegations during the conference.

Member States agreed to support the framework, allowing WHO to continue conducting consultations to develop it further, especially around the high-level review aspects of accountability. The WHO Director General will also present the framework at the UN High-Level Meeting.

For more information on engaging with the World Health Assembly, please contact TB Policy Advocacy Officer at Results UK, Rachael Hore (rachael.hore@results.org.uk).


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