From the launch of a brand-new centre for health emergency preparedness; the facility of a clinical board of advisers to help identify policy priorities during pandemics; and the formation of a local tripartite joint secretariat to collaborate One Health action versus antimicrobial resistance (AMR); to preparing for COVID-19 vaccine deployment and availability; and restructuring WHO/Europe, progress is being made on all fronts to provide the European Program of Work (EPW)– “United Action for Better Health”.
At a meeting of the Standing Committee of the Regional Committee (SCRC), WHO/Europe’s governance board, on 18 November 2020, Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, detailed the large range of activities carried out by WHO/Europe because the EPW was adopted by Member States in September 2020.
Secret amongst these advancements are:
- operationalization of the WHO European Centre for Preparedness for Humanitarian and Health Emergencies in Istanbul, Turkey, which functions as the local centre for emergency situation preparedness and supplies technical competence to improve capacity-building and operationalize selected International Health Laws (2005) core capacity locations;-LRB-
- detailed discussions during the 2nd meeting of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development, which is to supply policy recommendations on health and care systems, constructing on experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic; thematic working groups have been established so that commissioners can check out specific areas such as the financial outlook, development and digital transformation, and the function of science in policy-making; a scientific board of advisers has actually also been established to support the Commission’s work;-LRB-
- establishing a regional tripartite joint secretariat together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) to coordinate One Health action versus AMR throughout the WHO European Region;-LRB-
- preparation for COVID-19 vaccination release and availability, consisting of conversations with the European Commission, the intro of an online platform to monitor national-level readiness, and guidance on the prioritization of population groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the Area;-LRB-
- finalizing a detailed restructuring of WHO/Europe, with an extensive functional review of all divisions, following the appointment of a brand-new Executive Council.
After the Regional Director’s summary of the activities of WHO/Europe, and an update on the COVID-19 circumstance in the Region by the Regional Emergency Director, Dr Dorit Nitzan, members of the SCRC examined the preliminary draft program for next year’s session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe. They likewise considered the tasks of committee subgroups that will work in the areas of WHO/Europe governance, work at nation level and financing.