GHTC joins statement to World Health Assembly on immunization, infection control, and meningitis
As a member of the Global Health Council's (GHC) delegation for the 75th World Health Assembly, GHTC joined a GHC statement urging member states to support research on the full spectrum of needed immunization innovations, advance implementation of recommendations from the World Health Organization’s expert body on immunization, and strengthen manufacturing capacities in low- and middle-income countries.
The following statement—from Global Health Council, supported by the Global Health Technologies Coalition—was delivered at the 75th World Health Assembly on agenda items 14.5: Immunization Agenda 2030; 14.6 Infection prevention and control; and 14.7 Global road map on defeating meningitis by 2030.
The COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed immunization infrastructure and workforce, impacted the global supply chain, increased the incidence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and derailed gains made in immunization campaigns around the world.
We therefore call on WHO and member states to:
- Focus on the full spectrum of innovations that support immunization programs.
- Support implementation research and the development of formal feedback loops to monitor follow-up of recommendations made by groups such as the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization.
- Strengthen manufacturing capacities in low-and-middle-income countries.
- Invest in scaling up access to WASH in healthcare facilities as an essential part of infection prevention and control and combating AMR.