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Four Statements and a Stand-alone Event – the ISN Advocates for Better Kidney Health for All at the 76th World Health Assembly

Four Statements and a Stand-alone Event – the ISN Advocates for Better Kidney Health at the 76th World Health Assembly

The ISN is pleased to announce its participation at the 76th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva from May 21 to 30, 2023.

Working alongside partners in the NCD Alliance and the World Heart Federation, the ISN has co-signed three separate constituency statements. The first statement calls on Member States to prioritize noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including kidney disease, in national pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response plans.

Welcoming the updated Appendix 3 of the Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2030, the second statement urges Member States to, among other things, consider interventions to control common NCD co-morbidities such as diabetic kidney disease and cardiovascular risk factors in chronic kidney disease.

The third statement appeals for UHC for essential NCD services across the continuum of care and life course with the involvement of people living with NCDs to ensure that UHC remains people-centered.

The importance of involving people with lived experience in developing health policies is also emphasized in a  fourth constituency statement on well-being and health promotion that the ISN co-signed under the NCD Alliance’s lead.

The ISN’s efforts to prioritize kidney health in national and international policies do not stop here. This year, the ISN will host its first stand-alone event at the WHA, “From Neglected NCD to Priority: Accelerating Action on Kidney Disease.” It will be held in person at the Intercontinental Hotel in Geneva from 910 a.m. CEST on May 24, 2023.

The event is organized in partnership with Devex. Key speakers include:

  • Professor Vivek Jha, ISN past president and executive director, The George Institute for Global Health
  • Joab Wako, transplant recipient and chair of the ISN’s Patient Liaison Advisory Group
  • Dr. Slim Slama, unit head of NCD Management, World Health Organization
  • Helen McGuire, global program leader for noncommunicable diseases, PATH
  • Dr. John Amuasi, co-chair, The Lancet One Health Commission
  • Dr. Lia Tadesse Gebremedhin, Minister of Health, Ethiopia
  • Dr. Md. Titu Miah, director general, Directorate General of Medical Education, Bangladesh Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Grace Dubois, senior policy and advocacy manager, NCD Alliance

The meeting will focus on:

  • The need for urgent global attention to address inequalities in treating and preventing kidney disease
  • Accelerating action and investment for kidney disease in low- and middle-income countries
  • Solutions to strengthen health systems and highlight the positive contribution of effective kidney disease care on the WHO’s sustainable development goals

Find out more about this event and register here.

The event is supported by AstraZeneca and Novartis.
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