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Statement by the IfA for the 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly, 18-19 May 2020

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Vereinte Nationen - 18.05.2020 - von IfA

The COVID-19 pandemic has made visible in the starkest possible ways the importance of protecting and respecting the rights of older people, which are fundamental human rights. Aligned with the Decade of Healthy Ageing 2020-2030, the International Federation on Ageing calls for Member States to prioritize the legal rights of older people to live long and healthy lives within the four action areas: ageism, integrated primary care, long term care and age-friendly cities and communities.

Today more than ever discrimination against older people has revealed its life and death consequences. Lockdowns without social systems do not protect older people who may no longer be able to receive services that they depend upon to survive and thrive in the community.
Triage policies for testing and treatment based only on chronological age reveals an approach that does not value and respect all ages nor considers that age is an independent risk factor. Standards and practice of long-term care facilities have in large part failed the residents and families with a few exceptions.

For the aforementioned reasons, the International Federation on Ageing calls on Member States to:

Address the needs of older persons during periods of fiscal consolidation after the pandemic, through investment in age-friendly health systems, community services, and environments

Prioritize the establishment and / or reform of long-term care systems as a priority to current and future generations of older people and their families;

Improve testing and treatment and ensure adequate, integrated health care of older persons during and after the COVID-19 pandemic;

Invest in the collection and utilization of disaggregated data beyond 70 years of age, which is essential to ensuring no one is left behind; and

Reconfirm the critical role of civil society in intergovernmental deliberations, as both implementers and partners, as is highlighted as a requirement in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Statements from non-State actors in official relations with WHO at WHO governing bodies meetings for the seventy-third World Health Assembly came from:

Alliance for Health Promotion
Alzheimers Disease International

CBM Christoffel Blindenmission Christian Blind Mission e.V.

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

European Society for Medical Oncology

FDI World Dental Federation

Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition
Global Health Council, Inc.

Handicap International Federation
HelpAge International

International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness
International Alliance of Patients Organizations
International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Inc.
International Association for Suicide Prevention
International Association for the Study of Pain
International Baby Food Action Network
International Commission on Occupational Health
International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technologies
International Confederation of Midwives
International Council of Nurses
International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering
International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science
International Federation of Fertility Societies
International Federation of Medical Students Associations
International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations
International Federation on Ageing
International Hospital Federation
International League Against Epilepsy
International Pediatric Association
International Pharmaceutical Federation
International Pharmaceutical Students Federation
International Planned Parenthood Federation
International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth
International Society of Blood Transfusion
International Society of Doctors for the Environment
International Society of Nephrology
International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections
International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
International Union for Health Promotion and Education
International Womens Health Coalition Inc.
IntraHealth International Inc.

Knowledge Ecology International

Médecins du Monde
Médecins Sans Frontières International
Medical Womens International Association
Medicines for Malaria Venture
Medicines Patent Pool Foundation
Medicus Mundi International – Network Health for All
Movendi International

Public Services International

Rotary International

Stichting Health Action International

Thalassaemia International Federation
The Cochrane Collaboration
The Fred Hollows Foundation
The International League of Dermatological Societies
The International Society for Quality in Health Care Incorporated
The Network: Towards Unity For Health
The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind (Sightsavers)
The Save the Children Fund
The World Medical Association, Inc.
The Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance
Tropical Health and Education Trust

Union for International Cancer Control
United Nations Foundation, Inc.
United States Pharmacopeial Convention

WaterAid International
Women Deliver, Inc.
World Cancer Research Fund International
World Confederation for Physical Therapy
World Council of Churches
World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies
World Federation of Neurology
World Federation of Occupational Therapists
World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists
World Federation of the Deaf
World Heart Federation
World Hepatitis Alliance
World Obesity Federation
World Organization of Family Doctors

Find statements from non-State actors in official relations with WHO here: Link

Internatonal Federation of Ageing

Quelle: IfA