RHD Action and our allies have campaigned for years to secure a global commitment on RHD. We launched the #TimeToTackleRHD campaign to collaborate with partners around the world to demand that governments and the World Health Organization act on this preventable disease.
Today, on 01 June 2017, this work has borne fruit. This afternoon in Geneva, the Executive Board of the World Health Organization recommended a Resolution on ‘Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease’ for adoption at the 2018 World Health Assembly.
This historic decision came after intense diplomatic negotiation and marks the first time that RHD has been recognised as a global health priority on the world stage.
Once adopted by the full World Health Assembly after further discussions in May next year, the Resolution will stand as the first global commitment on RHD to be endorsed by all governments. It will be a high-level global policy that demands national and international decision-makers to take action to prioritise and fund RHD prevention and control in all endemic settings.
Until then, RHD Action will continue our tireless advocacy to keep RHD at the top of the global health agenda.
(From RHD Action news circular)