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As expected, discussions at the 72nd World Health Assembly last week centered on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the WHO restructuring and drug pricing, with an additional spotlight on mental health and the global health worker shortage. Major announcements included the formation of the long-discussed WHO Foundation this year and the release of the Political Declaration on UHC zero draft. While there are still many unknowns as to the governance and structure of the Foundation, we are excited to see how it takes shape.
For more, please be sure to read the op-ed written by Rabin Martin CEO Jeff Sturchio and Professor Louis Galambos of Johns Hopkins University on the importance of the World Health Organization engaging with a wide array of stakeholders, including the private sector and civil society to achieve the ambitious “triple billion targets.”
The discussions begun at WHA are not the last word; rather, they provide a framework for continued development and iteration at the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on UHC in September. As the global community comes together to address unmet health needs across the global population, we are proud to stand with you as leaders in global health.
• The Private Sector Roundtable (PSRT), for which Rabin Martin serves as the Secretariat, and the Government of Uganda signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance the Global Health Security Agenda, marking the first partnership between the PSRT and a GHSA member country.
• We were proud to collaborate with Access Accelerated on the launch of Access Accelerated in Action, a report on noncommunicable disease (NCD) best practices and lessons learned from NCD programs across member companies and partners.
• We supported Allergan, Sightsavers and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness on the announcement of a unique joint initiative, “Keep Sight,” to prevent glaucoma-related vision loss by building healthcare capacity in low- and middle- income countries with the highest unmet need.
• The Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and Rabin Martin co-hosted the launch of The Road to Universal Health Coverage: Innovation, Equity, and the New Health Economy, a new book co-edited by Jeff Sturchio, Louis Galambos and Ilona Kickbusch, director of the Global Health Centre at the Geneva Graduate Institute, with a panel exploring the role of the private sector in the adoption of UHC.