World Medical Association sets out its priorities for 2017

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The World Medical Association (WMA) has said it hopes world leaders will increase their efforts to combat the effects of climate change in the year ahead. 

In a statement highlighting its biggest concerns for 2017, it said one of the most important new policies that the WMA adopted this year was to urge health organisations to transfer their investments from energy companies relying on fossil fuels to those generating energy from renewable sources, and it was hopeful there would be progress on this issue in the coming year. 

WMA President Dr. Ketan Desai said: “We would also hope to see governments strengthen public health systems to improve the capacity of communities to adapt to climate change. Now is the time for the governments to act on their promised commitments to tackle climate change, not to retreat.”

The organisation said it also continues to be very concerned about doctors being targeted in war zones and areas of conflict. “The number of deaths and injuries among physicians and other healthcare professionals over the past year is a tragic reminder of the declining respect for international laws and conventions concerning the protection which should be given to all medical personnel in war zones,” said Dr. Desai.