WMA and WHO agree goals on emergency preparedness and universal health coverage


  • Mary Corcoran
  • International Medical News
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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Medical Association (WMA) have agreed to priority goals of achieving universal health coverage and improving emergency preparedness.

Last week (Thursday, April 5) the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reaffirm and consolidate co-operation, particularly in areas of common interest including the development, improvement, and protection of health, and action on the social determinants of health.

Efforts towards the realisation of universal health coverage will have a special focus on the role of physicians and their professional organisations, facilitating understanding of the concept and proactive participation. 

The two organisations will co-operate to strengthen and develop systems of emergency and disaster preparedness at both national and international levels, with specific focus on the role of physicians and their professional organisations.

The MoU also includes actively promoting health-related human rights for all people worldwide, including support for the implementation of the Joint UN Statement on Eliminating Discrimination in Health Care Settings by taking action on the Social Determinants of Health.