Progress of member-states on preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19, as reported from the 73rd World Health Assembly

Progress of member-states on preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19, as reported from the 73rd World Health Assembly

During the 18-19th of May, the Seventy-third World Health Assembly is taking place in a live videoconference format, conference to which all state-members of World Health Organization (WHO) are participating.

 

The World Health Assembly has seen on behalf of Republic of Moldova, the participation of the Minister of Health, Labour and Social Protection-Viorica Dumbraveanu, State Secretary-Alexandru Holostenco, State Secretary-Marina Golovaci, State Secretary-Constantin Rimes, Head of Department Policy analysis, monitoring and evaluation-Marcela Tirdea.

 

The theme of this year´s is the ongoing fight of member-states to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19, as well as the consolidation of global solidarity in the face of this threat. 

 

The WHO Global Forum will adopt the resolution called ”COVID-19 response”, which stipulates:

 

Calls on Member States, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to: 

 

  • Put in place a whole of government and whole of society response including through implementing a national, cross-sectoral COVID-19 action plan that outlines both immediate and long term actions with a view to sustainably strengthening their health system and social care and support systems, preparedness, surveillance and response capacities as well as taking into account, according to national context, WHO guidance, engaging with communities and collaborating with relevant stakeholders;
  • Implement national action plans by putting in place, according to their specific contexts, comprehensive, proportionate, time-bound, age- and disability-sensitive and gender-responsive measures across government sectors against COVID-19, ensuring respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and paying particular attention to the needs of people in vulnerable situations, promoting social cohesion, taking necessary measures to ensure social protection, protection from financial hardship and preventing insecurity, violence, discrimination, stigmatization and marginalization;
  • Maintain the continued functioning of the health system in all relevant aspects, in accordance with national context and priorities, necessary for an effective public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing epidemics, and the uninterrupted and safe provision of population and individual level services, for, among others, communicable diseases, including by undisrupted vaccination programmes, neglected tropical diseases, noncommunicable diseases, mental health, mother and child health and sexual and reproductive health and promote improved nutrition for women and children, recognizing in this regard the importance of increased domestic financing and development assistance where needed in the context of achieving UHC;
  • Provide the population with reliable and comprehensive information on COVID-19 and the measures taken by authorities in response to the pandemic, and take measures to counter misinformation and disinformation and as well as malicious cyber activities;
  • Provide access to safe testing, treatment, and palliative care for COVID-19, paying particular attention to the protection of those with pre-existing health conditions, older persons, and other people at risk, in particular health professionals, health workers and other relevant frontline workers;
  • Provide health professionals, health workers and other relevant frontline workers exposed to COVID-19, access to personal protective equipment and other necessary commodities and training, including in the provision of psychosocial support, taking measures for their protection at work, facilitating their access to work, and the provision of their adequate remuneration, consider also the introduction of task-sharing and task-shifting to optimize the use of resources;
  • Leverage digital technologies for the response to COVID-19, including for addressing its socioeconomic impact, paying particular attention to digital inclusion, patient empowerment, data privacy, and security, legal and ethical issues, and the protection of personal data;
  • Collaborate to promote both private sector and government-funded research and development, including open innovation, across all relevant domains on measures necessary to contain and end the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular on vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics and share relevant information with WHO.

 

CALLS on international organizations and other relevant stakeholders to:

 

  • Support all countries, upon their request, in the implementation of their multisectoral national action plans and in strengthening their health systems to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in maintaining the safe provision of all other essential public health functions and services;
  • Work collaboratively at all levels to develop, test, and scale-up production of safe, effective, quality, affordable diagnostics, therapeutics, medicines and vaccines for the  COVID-19 response, including, existing mechanisms for voluntary pooling and licensing of patents to facilitate timely, equitable and affordable access to them, consistent with the provisions of relevant international treaties including the provisions of the TRIPS agreement and the flexibilities as confirmed by the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health;
  • Address, and where relevant in coordination with Member States, the proliferation of disinformation and misinformation particularly in the digital sphere, as well as the proliferation of malicious cyber-activities that undermine the public health response, and support the timely provision of clear, objective and science-based data and information to the public.

 

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States.

 

The cooperation between Republic of Moldova and WHO is founded upon and regulated by the Basic Agreement for the establishment of technical advisory cooperation relations between the Republic of Moldova and the World Health Organizations, signed on 21st of July 1994. The WHO is one of the most important strategic partner of our country which provides support for the national heath system.