World Health Assembly 2012

21-26 MAY 2012 | GENEVA

RMNCH at WHA 2012

PMNCH Booth at the 65th World Health Assembly
PMNCH booth at the 65th World Health Assembly attended by Dr S. Nurse-Findlay

21-26 MAY 2012 | GENEVA - The health of women and children was one of the most discussed topics at the World Health Assembly (WHA) this year. The Assembly adopted 21 resolutions and three decisions on a broad range of health issues. Highlights included the Breakfast Briefing on the Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth, an endorsement of the Global Vaccine Action Plan ), a roadmap to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to vaccines for people in all communities, and an open Consultation by the independent Expert Review Group (iERG) for the Accountability Commission. In addition, Member States also designate the last week of April as World Immunization Week.

The six days of discussions involved nearly 3000 delegates, including health ministers and senior health officials from amongst the 194 WHO Member States, as well as representatives from civil society and other stakeholders. In her opening address, Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, reiterated her strong commitment to improving women's and children's health. Download the full address on your right.

RMNCH at Assembly 2012

In this special section - Assembly 2012 - follow news of note regarding reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). A key event for PMNCH members is the Briefing Breakfast on Preterm Births and the Born Too Soon Report, taking place on Tuesday 22 May 2012. Several reports of note will be presented to the Assembly, including the yearly report on the progress of the Health Millennium Development Goals; the Commission on Information and Accountability, and its iERG- the independent Expert Review Group, and several key side meetings, Find more info on the following on your right.

  • World Health Professions Alliance Luncheon NCDs: Hands-on Toolkit to assess Risk Factors
  • The Permanent Mission of Mexico, World Vision & Save the Children: Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition: Global Targets and National Success Stories
  • Gender Equity and Human Rights at the core of the health response (by invitation only)
  • Clean Cook stoves: panel discussion and demonstration. Organized by the delegation of USA
  • Global plan towards the elimination of new infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive. Organized by UNAIDS
  • Information meeting on child health UPR and WHA Review: Case Studies from India and Brazil
  • Sharing results of primary care reform from Brazil, China and India. Organized by the delegation of China
  • Launch of the Report of the Private Sector Task Force of the Global Health Workforce Alliance
  • Rio + 20: health and sustainable development. Organized by the delegation of Brazil
  • Family planning, reproductive health and child survival: addressing unmet needs. Organized by the WHO Secretariat, FWC Cluster