International Planned Parenthood Federation

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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)

On behalf of IPPF, we welcome the Report on the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and congratulate WHO for providing strong leadership and for the positive progress made to date. We also acknowledge the contribution of CSOs and other partners, including IPPF Member Associations in these achievements.

We applaud WHO’s efforts to promote cervical cancer prevention including by HPV vaccination and through the commitment to develop a global strategy to accelerate cervical cancer elimination. As a key sexual and reproductive health service provider, IPPF is committed to strengthening the capacity of our member associations to provide and scale up access to cervical cancer prevention initiatives as part of an integrated package of essential sexual and reproductive health services and welcomes the opportunity for further collaboration with WHO.
We note with concern the high unmet need for contraception that persists in certain regions of the world, a situation that undermines key global commitments such as to leave no one behind and to reach the most underserved populations; and urge WHO to accelerate actions on these issues so that these populations are reached with critical sexual and reproductive health information and services, including contraception and safe abortion services.

We acknowledge the strides being made to address violence against women and girls by strengthening the health systems response and the development of relevant tools and guidelines, including the clinical handbook on female genital mutilation. IPPF will continue collaboration with WHO to pilot and implement these tools at the country level with our member associations, who are well positioned to translate these tools to the local contexts.
Thank you.