World Health Day 2011: Combating drug resistance and its global spread

PMNCH Partner actions on World Health Day 2011

According to the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), antimicrobial resistance is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality in the developing world, where 90 per cent of global maternal mortality occurs. The organization released a statement on World Health Day 2011 in solidarity with WHO’s call for action on drug resistance:

“… FIGO believes that the development of drug-resistance to HIV is of particular concern (there has been an expansion in access to anti-retroviral medicines in past years). Prevention of post-partum and post-abortive infections and unsafe abortion and their effective treatment with antimicrobials are of particular significance in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. Prevention and effective treatment of post-operative infection in gynecological surgical procedures reduce women’s morbidity and mortality, save healthcare resources and prevent incidence of long-term health sequelae.”

SOGC calls for more training of health workers to save mothers and their babies

To mark World Health Day 2011, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) released a statement encouraging decision-makers in Canada and abroad to increase funding for the training of health-care professionals:

"The SOGC supports the UNFPA's statement that skilled attendance at all births is considered to be the single most critical intervention for ensuring safe motherhood. Furthermore, during the global conference to tackle the worldwide shortage of health workers held in Bangkok earlier this year, the health-worker crisis was described not only in terms of having too few individuals in these life-saving roles but also the unequal distribution of workers (urban versus rural and remote settings), lack of training, and international migration from poor low-resource countries to rich developed countries."

The Institute for OneWorld Health commemorates World Health day

The Institute for OneWorld Health (iOWH), a non-profit that develops life-saving medicines for the world’s most neglected infectious diseases, released the following statement commemorating World Health Day:

“Today marks the 61st annual World Health Day. While the world turns its attention to global health issues for one day each year, making medicine available to children throughout the developing world is our goal every day. This has been an exciting year for OneWorld Health. Earlier this spring, we announced a major milestone in the fight against diarrheal diseases …”