Presenting new epidemiological and diabetes-related impact data.
The 152nd session of the WHO Executive Board, held on 30 January - 7 February 2023, discussed the WHO Director General report on Strengthening the Global Architecture for Health Emergency Preparedness, Response and Resilience.
On this occasion, the World Heart Federation released a constituency statement on behalf of the following members of the Global Coalition for Circulatory Heath: Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control, International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations, International Diabetes Federation, International Society of Hypertension, International Society of Nephrology, World Hypertension League, and World Stroke Organization.
We applaud the Director-General for his report and welcome the ten proposals, rooted in the key principles of equity, inclusivity, and coherence, to build a safer world together.
People living with circulatory conditions have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The health impact of NCDs, including diabetes, dyslipidaemia, hypertension, kidney disease, obesity, stroke, and other circulatory conditions, remains much greater than the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, NCDs must remain a priority in preparedness, response, readiness, and coordination activities as well as accords at the national, regional, and global levels.
Our organizations, representing the Global Circulatory Health Community, a particularly vulnerable population, call on Members States to:
These steps would contribute to more resilient health systems and are expanded upon in our position paper. We look forward to working with a stronger WHO and Member States to prevent, and where necessary, respond to future health emergencies.
1. Framework Convention Alliance on Tobacco Control (FCA)
2. International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO)
3. International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
4. International Society of Hypertension (ISH)
5. International Society of Nephrology (ISN)
6. World Heart Federation (WHF)
7. World Hypertension League (WHL)
8. World Stroke Organization (WSO)