WHA resolution on “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders”
The 67th World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASDs) on May 24th 2014. The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 50 countries and supported by all.
The resolution sets out a clear set of actions to facilitate comprehensive intersectoral response to the needs of persons with ASD and other developmental disorders in all countries, with high-, middle- and low-income. The resolution urges Member States to increase the capacity of health and social care systems to provide services for individuals and families with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders. It highlights the importance of implementing resolution WHA66.8 on the comprehensive mental health action plan 2013–2020, as well as resolution WHA66.9 on disability, in order to scale up care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders and as an integrated component of the scale-up of care for all mental health needs.