International Federation of Medical Students' Associations

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
12.8 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030)

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, the voice of 1.3 million medical students, supports Member States in their efforts to achieve, by 2030, a world in which every woman, child and adolescent realize their rights to well-being, physical and mental health and are empowered to participate in shaping sustainable societies. We recognize the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as essential to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC), ensuring the right to access to information in line with global efforts for people-centred care.

We call upon Member States to firstly take into consideration these populations in the design and implementation of UHC to ensure that out-of-pocket expenditure for SRHR is kept at a minimum and that healthcare services are equitably distributed. This is necessary in order to face global health threats such as imposed by cervical cancer and alarmingly growing rates of sexually transmitted infections, which shall be ended with our commitment to universally implement UHC.

Secondly, we call upon Member States to foster knowledge on SRHR and ensure that health workforce has the capacity to provide holistic and evidence-based services. This should be addressed by embracing digital technologies as complementary efforts to bring family planning and other SRHR services closer to these populations. This can also be advanced by standardizing tools to decrease data gaps and ensure consistent monitoring of the implementation of the global strategy, which shall also provide support to decision making on all levels.

Together with you, Member States, we must do all in our power to save lives and improve well-being of women, children and adolescents by consistently working together towards overcoming both existing and emerging challenges.

Thank you.