A new yr, a brand new problem and a brand new decision
As I flip the calendar web page to January 2017, I’m eager to look forward and look at our health challenges for the approaching yr and decade – challenges with objectives and targets which have been nicely outlined in our United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and particularly, within the ‘health aim’ or SDG three – Ensure wholesome lives and promote well-being for all in any respect ages.
For me, the best injustice of our time is that tens of millions of adults, adolescents and youngsters all over the world die unnecessarily from preventable causes for which there are evidence-based interventions. Millions extra fail to succeed in their full potential for health and well-being, which additionally constrains their contributions to social and financial improvement.
As Italy’s candidate within the up-coming election for Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), I aspire to convey management and options to this injustice. My vision for WHO’s work may be summarized in 5 phrases: Equity, Rights, Responsiveness, Evidence, and Partnership. Five phrases, however charged with a lot which means and energy for international health.
If we’re critical about attaining SDG three and particularly, the goal of common health protection, we should unite round fairness and rights. We should make the most of WHO’s unparalleled convening energy to convey collectively the scientific proof, mobilize international partnerships, and understand the central promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – Leave No One Behind.
I consider that at WHO, we should begin at house: For the previous six years, I’ve labored as Assistant Director-General accountable for the work on Family, Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents. We have labored diligently to save lots of and enhance lives of all by means of a life-course strategy. But I do know solely too properly that WHO’s efficiency, administration and tradition can and have to be improved.
There are 4 key areas I’ve recognized. We should:
a. Respond extra successfully to nations’ information wants and facilitate information sharing throughout nations;
b. Influence the altering funding panorama of health financing, together with the rising position of home financing;
c. Strive to be simpler, clear, and accountable; and
d. Become extra responsive, each to health challenges as they emerge and to the opinions and wants of the individuals served.
I consider there are particular public health areas the place WHO can lever its place and capital to play a robust management position within the period of SDGs:
1. Maximize health as a driver of sustainable improvement. SDG three focuses on enhancing peoples’ health in each nook of the world, and wholesome individuals are essential to all different SDGs– objectives which may solely be achieved with international cooperation based mostly on dependable info and coverage recommendation. I’ll work to make sure that WHO achieves its full potential on this position.
2. Expand common health protection (UHC). We should improve the proportion of individuals globally with entry to UHC, increasing the definition of common health protection to incorporate important providers that presently aren’t obtainable in lots of low-income nations, corresponding to screening and remedy for noncommunicable illnesses and most cancers.
three. Drive the reform of WHO relating to emergencies, outbreaks, and strengthening international health safety. We should take inventory of evaluations and proceed the reforms in progress, adhere to the International Health Regulations Framework and keep a continuing give attention to surveillance for the emergence of latest threats and pathogens, comparable to antimicrobial resistance and the Zika virus. WHO have to be the world chief in international health safety.
four. Address the influence of local weather change on health. I’ll proceed to be a robust advocate and health chief for new and further analysis on the hostile results of local weather change on health, reminiscent of altering patterns, distribution of main illnesses and vectors; entry to meals, protected water, and clear air; and on general impacts on human health and well-being. We should attempt to make WHO and the entire health sector carbon-neutral by drawing on the great practices of all its Member States.
5. Prioritize the health of women, youngsters and younger individuals in all settings, and particularly scale back the impression of migration and fragile settings. Women, youngsters and younger individuals are key to enhancing international health and attaining the SDGs. Under my tutelage, WHO will promote using this proof in health planning and hyperlinks throughout sectors, with specific emphasis on enhancing health, vitamin and well-being all through the life course.
6. Maximize efforts to realize fairness. As a precedence, WHO should work with companions to ‘depart nobody behind’. We should develop new strategies of monitoring and knowledge evaluation to determine and goal probably the most marginalized and underserved teams, together with individuals dwelling in poverty, internally displaced individuals, refugees and migrants, adolescents and unaccompanied youngsters, and different weak individuals. WHO have to be higher at understanding the social and financial determinants of health in all settings.
2017 isn’t just one other yr for me. After greater than 30 years’ expertise as a medical physician and public health skilled with WHO, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UNICEF, the World Bank, and within the area from Sudan and Argentina to Norway, my ardour for public health, health for all and the work of WHO continues to develop.
I consider that my dynamic power, information, expertise, experience, and administration report at WHO will lead the Organization to the subsequent step — to adapt to the challenges of the SDG-era, working in the direction of attaining common health protection, and result in realizing the proper of each particular person, all over the place, to the very best attainable normal of health.
I urge you to go to my website and discover extra about my work and vision for WHO in 2017 : www.flaviabustreo.com.