June 2022: In the final discussion of the World Health Assembly (WHA), Member States noted with appreciation new Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) for the period 2022-2030. The World Health Organization (WHO) is looking forward to implementing the core elements of these strategies with all Member States and was heartened to see their broad support for ending these diseases.
The global health sector strategies aim to reignite momentum in the responses to these diseases that had been eroded by disruptions to services during the COVID-19 pandemic. They set out to simultaneously strengthen responses to specific diseases while increasingly integrating them into broader health frameworks and taking opportunities, where feasible, to increase impact by addressing aspects of the diseases jointly.
The strategies call for a more precise focus to reach the people who are most affected and most at risk for each disease, and to address inequities. They promote synergies under a universal health coverage and primary health care framework. They also outline actions to identify and manage future outbreaks of HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections, as well as other emerging health threats, as these arise.
HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections present ongoing and persistent public health challenges and combined, are responsible for 2.3 million deaths and are associated with 1.2 million cases of cancer each year.
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