The World Medical Association, Inc.

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Meeting: 
Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
11.4 Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Statement: 

The World Medical Association represents 9 million physicians around the world.

As physicians, we strongly support the 2030 agenda and welcome this report as a summary of the progress made and as a reminder of the need to redouble efforts to prevent backsliding, ensuring that no one is left behind. We recognize that violence, including sexual violence, environmental risks, health emergencies, non-communicable and infectious diseases constitute some of the critical barriers to the achievement of the 2030 agenda.

We would like to emphasize as well that in many countries, weak health systems still remain an obstacle to progress and lead to gaps in the coverage of even the most basic health services.

WMA is concerned by the lack of health professionals to achieve SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. The latest data available shows that 76 countries still have less than one physician per thousand population. We call on member states to highlight in national action plans how they will ensure a close strong and balance health workforce.

In addition, the WMA shares WHO’s concerns about the increasing violence against health professionals, particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, and the disastrous consequences on the provision of health care and patients’ safety. No health worker should fear for their security in providing medical assistance or in demanding an end to violence.

We call on WHO and member states to work closely with National Medical Associations, health professional organisations and other relevant stakeholders on the ongoing implementation of the agenda 2030 and national action plans.