2019 WHA Resolution on antimicrobial resistance
Analysis of precedential value
This Resolution was passed at 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA). The WHA is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It includes delegations from every UN member state, which gather annually to address questions about WHO’s governance, budget, and progress. Although WHA resolutions are centred on health, they engage various related topics ranging from military aggression to migrant rights.
According to the WHO press team, “the resolution urges Member States to strengthen infection prevention and control measures including water sanitation and hygiene; enhance participation in Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System; ensure prudent use of quality-assured antimicrobials; and support multisectoral annual self-assessment survey.”
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“Requests the Director General to support Member States to mobilize adequate predictable and sustained funding and human and financial resources and investment through national, bilateral and multilateral channels to support the development and implementation of national action plans, research and development on existing and new antimicrobial medicines, diagnostics, and vaccines, and other technologies, and strengthening of related infrastructure, including through engagement with multilateral development banks and traditional and voluntary innovative financing and investment mechanisms, based on priorities and local needs set by governments and on ensuring public return on investment.” (paragraph 4(6))