No. 6 October 2003
REGIONAL ACTION...REGIONAL ACTION...REGIONAL ACTION
Senegal to host Experts’ Consultation for the African Region
The WHO Regional Office for Africa is organizing a consultation in Dakar, Senegal to orient partners who will be supporting countries in the region with macroeconomics and health work. The meeting will be held in December 2003, and its objectives will include sharing experiences and building consensus on how these partners can best support countries implementing macroeconomics and health work. The consultation will discuss the linkages between country-level initiatives and macroeconomics and health work and agree on broad terms of reference, activities and time frames for the partners.
UNESCAP session talks about HIV/AIDS and Macroeconomics and Health
The 59th session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), which took place from 1 to 4 September 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand, focused on the threat posed by HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region. At the session and at the Committee on Emerging Social Issues immediately following this meeting, WHO indicated its willingness to provide technical support in this area and to collaborate with UNESCAP to follow-up a macroeconomics and health agenda. A regional resolution was adopted at this session, calling for high-level political commitment to place HIV/AIDS centrally within countries’ economic and social development planning and to increase resources to control the disease. In addition, the resolution urged the promotion of investment and policies for prevention and treatment, and advocacy for a comprehensive coordinated response to fight the epidemic.