International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.5.1 Primary health care towards universal health coverage
Statement: 

FIGO is pleased to see the reaffirmed commitment to Primary Health Care being the fundamental right of every human being.
We are especially pleased to see WHO ambition to mobilize health professionals in sustainable primary health care towards achieving universal health coverage.
These strong global commitments were key for the reduction of maternal mortality by 48% and reduction of under-five mortality by 50% between 1990 – 2015. This progress has been important milestone, and has addressed something vital, that ‘Health for All’ begins in the womb, through pregnancy, childbirth, and infancy.
A key theme of the UHC movement is ‘investing more and smarter.’ For women, girls and adolescents, this means integrating sexual and reproductive health and rights from the beginning, including addressing FGM and gender based violence (SDG5).
FIGO, with our 132 member societies, is therefore concerned that the draft resolution on PHC towards UHC, at present does not address women’s, adolescents needs and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and gender equality.
FIGO’s is available to WHO, and other partners, to share evidence and experience, and to collaborate in streamlining efforts and increasing coordination, particularly in the preparatory process for the high level meeting on universal health coverage taking place in September 2019.