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WCPT speaks out at World Health Assembly

WCPT worked in conjunction with a number of international health care organisations to produce and deliver six statements at the recent World Health Assembly, WHA72.

WCPT was represented at WHA72 by President Emma Stokes, Chief Executive Jonathon Kruger, and Professional Adviser Pablo Davo Cabra. WHA72 took place in Geneva, Switzerland, 20-28 May.

In conjunction with the World Health Professions Alliance, WCPT issued statements on:

  • community health workers delivering primary health care
  • Global Strategy on human resources for health
  • Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health
  • patient safety - water, sanitation and hygiene

WCPT also issued two statements in conjunction with the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM), and others aligned with the Global Rehabilitation Alliance, on:

  • primary health care towards universal health coverage 
  • emergency and trauma care

Jonathon Kruger said: ‘We need strong public healthcare systems, addressing the needs of the most vulnerable, and supported and delivered by qualified, regulated, and effective healthcare workers.. Physical therapy and physical therapists are key to the development and delivery of rehabilitation around the world. By working collaboratively, WCPT helps ensure the value and contribution of physical therapists is recognised and amplifies the role of our member organsiations.’

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO and is held every year in Geneva. Its main functions are to determine policies, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

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