G20 Summit: health in note

Online Medical Journal, 01.07.2019

G20 Summit

At their meeting in Osaka, G20 leaders pledged to provide additional strategic assistance to the Congo in the fight against the Ebola outbreak. Antimicrobial resistance and life with dementia were also on the agenda.

By Matthias Wallenfels

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OSAKA. Global access to quality medical care, the fight against infectious diseases and effective management of crises and pandemics, especially in view of the Ebola epidemic in Congo, included all on the agenda of the G20 this weekend in Osaka, Japan. -Gipfels.

All were also included in the final declaration of the meeting, at least from the representatives of the international media, but rather from the US-China trade war – and thus from the bilateral meeting of Presidents Trump and Xi – as well as from the scam related to the occupation of senior EU posts and of course the state of health of Chancellor Merkel has been the focus of concern after two attacks by publicists.

As the G20 stated in their final statement, they view health as a prerequisite for sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

However, as health systems face increasing cost pressures around the world as a result of population growth, digital technologies and other innovative health technologies are key to effective and efficient care for the entire population of Canada. world. The key word here is Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

The plan of action for health should give impulses

Summit participants hope for important impetus from Chancellor Merkel's "Global Plan of Action for a Healthy Life and Well-being for All". The goal is to achieve the health goals of the "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

At the institutional level, in 15 years, everyone in the world will have access to family planning and reproductive health services, and reproductive health will be translated into national strategic programs.

In addition, epidemic diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and Ebola must be eradicated by 2030. The plan of action will be presented at this year's UN General Assembly in the United States. framework of the high level meeting on UHC.

As stated in the G20 Final Declaration on the importance of sustainable health financing, countries call for closer cooperation between financial authorities and health authorities, particularly in developing countries.

To enable people to live in good health and to age actively

The G20 also focused on unspecified policies aimed at strengthening health promotion, prevention and control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases in order to enable a growing number of people to live in good health and to age actively.

This requires the delivery of multi-sectoral, collective and integrated, patient-centered concepts that accompany people at all stages of life, consistent with the demographic development of the state in question.

In addition, they want to implement a comprehensive set of health policy strategies to address the growing prevalence of dementia worldwide. The goal is also to improve the living conditions of patients with dementia as well as caregivers.

Cooperation in pandemic management

Participants in the Osaka Summit sent a clear message to countries potentially affected by Ebola outbreaks and other epidemics and even pandemics. The G20 member states, they say, want to improve planning for the response to health services in their own ranks.

It is not only a question of strengthening their own capacities, but also of helping the affected countries in accordance with the international health rules of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Explicitly, the G20 is attacking the current Ebola epidemic in Africa – and promises financial and technical support, with the help of WHO for coordination. Without resorting to the new pandemic insurance for poor countries, created by the World Bank in collaboration with the WHO as a result of the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa mid-decade, the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), The final declaration indicates that work is continuing on sustainable and effective funding mechanisms to address global health emergencies.

As the G20 Agriculture Ministers in Niigata pointed out in May, leaders of the Osaka Summit have now called for the use of a "unique approach to the inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary health as well as antibiotic management programs in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

The research initiative of the Global Research and Development Center on Antimicrobial Resistance urges the G20 to identify and report on the best models of resistance control, as a basis for future counter-narcotics strategies. antimicrobial resistance of G20.

At least symbolically, Osaka is not the worst place to pave the way for innovative technologies and approaches to healthcare systems around the world. Because in old Japan, when Osaka still called Naniwa, the port served as a central point of contact for foreign visitors – and they often brought with them new innovative technologies that the Japanese wanted. adapt.

We have updated the message and extended the 01.07.2019 to 16:14.

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