In light of the upcoming UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Review Summit in September 2010, and concerned by the fact that the achievement of the MDGs lags behind and greatly varies between countries, the 63rd World Health Assembly adopted a resolution on monitoring and strengthening global commitments in order to achieve them.
Key points of the resolution on monitoring the achievement of health-related MDGs
the MDGs are interlinked and therefore the global partnership for development should be strengthened for them to be achieved;
strengthening of health systems so that they deliver equitable health outcomes towards achieving MDG 4 (child health), MDG 5 (maternal health), and MDG 6 (HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria);
underlining the need to build sustainable national health systems and strengthen national capacities;
reviewing policies, including those on the international recruitment of health personnel, that exacerbate problems related to the lack of health workers and their imbalanced distribution within countries and throughout the world; see EPHA article on WHO global code of practice in international recruitment of health personnel;
reaffirming the values and principles of primary health care;
taking into account health equity in all national policies that address social determinants of health, and considering developing and strengthening universal comprehensive social protection policies;
increasing investment in financial and human resources and strengthening national health-information systems in order to generate accurate, reliable and timely evidence on achievement of the MDGs (art4);
renewing Member States`commitment to prevent and eliminate maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity;
expanding efforts towards meeting the goal of universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support by 2010, and the goal to halt and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS by 2015 ;
enhancing policies addressing the challenges of malaria, tuberculosis, polio and measles (art8-10);
fulfilling Member States`commitments regarding Official Development Assistance (ODA) by 2015, and fulfilling and sustaining the political and financial commitment of developing country governments in mobilising adequate budget allocation to health sectors
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