Health priorities at G7 summit


  • Mary Corcoran
  • International Medical News
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While reportage of the G7 summit at the weekend has focused on trade talks and climate change, leaders attending the event also discussed a number of issues around health systems, emergencies, and antimicrobial resistance. 

The main event, which took place in Quebec in Canada, was attended by leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union. The key issues discussed at the summit are contained in a communique, which was initially supported by the key nations, however, US President, Donald Trump later retracted support for the document. 

In the statement, leaders agreed to commit to efforts to support strong, sustainable health systems that promote access to quality and affordable healthcare and to bring greater attention to mental health. The leaders also committed to promote and protect women’s and adolescents’ health and well-being through evidence-based healthcare and health information. The document also contains a commitment to prioritise and coordinate global efforts to fight against antimicrobial resistance, in a “one health” approach as well as accelerating efforts to end tuberculosis, and working with partners to eradicate polio and effectively manage the post-polio transition.