66th World Health Assembly Passes Resolution on United Nations Commission on Lifesaving Commodities for Women and Children

This post originally appeared on Child Health Now.

Earlier today representatives from countries across the world gathered at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland to pass the resolution on implementing the recommendations from the UN Commission on life-saving commodities for women and children.

These recommendations represent an important step forward in work to tackle maternal, newborn and child deaths and focus on providing support and funding to 13 often neglected areas of the health sector. Combined progress in these areas can save the lives of 6 million women and children in the next five years.

 Ahead of the World Health Assembly, and this life-saving resolution, World Vision offices lobbied the delegations attending in more than 23 countries. This ensured delegations were able to plan their positions on the resolution before they arrived in Geneva – and some, like Uganda and Ethiopia, pledged their support in advance. During this lobbying we also saw people in 36 countries mobilising for child survival for Survive 5 Day on 5th May.

 At the assembly itself, a World Vision delegation lobbied members, held side-events, engaged key stakeholders and briefed the Assembly in order to generate maximum support for the resolution.

With the passing of this resolution the next stage will focus on implementing it at the national level with colleagues ready to apply the recommendations in their countries. We will also be seeking to coordinate it with work around the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea and the upcoming Global Newborn Action Plan.

Thank you to all involved in this world-changing process, your support has helped shift the global agenda and will help save the lives of 6 million people in the coming years.

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