SEA/RC63/25 - Capacity building of Member States on global health
AbstractThe term “global health” is rapidly replacing its commonly used form, i.e. “international health”. This change has emerged as part of the larger political and historical process. The term “global health” has been used since the early days of establishment of the World Health Organization in the late 1940s. In general, it implies a situation where the health needs of the people of the whole planet are responded to, above the concerns of particular nations. A joint collaboration among the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia, and the ThaiHealth Global Link Initiative Program, (TGLIP) resulted in the First Regional Training Course on Global Health, held in May 2010. The first module – an introductory course on global health - organized from 1-5 May 2010 in Nakhon Pathon, Thailand was attended by participants from seven countries of the South-East Asia Region, who were selected from among the delegates attending the Sixtythird World Health Assembly. It was followed by the second module of practical experience and learning through attendance at the Sixty-third World Health Assembly from 17-21 May 2010 in Geneva. A wrap-up session – the third module – was conducted on 22 May 2010 in Geneva. It is envisaged to organize regional training courses on global health in Member States on a rotational basis. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 28 June to 1 July 2010 reviewed the working paper and made the following recommendations: Action by Member States • Capacity of the staff concerned should be strengthened through their familiarization with global health issues; their participation in global health meetings should be supported. Actions by WHO-SEARO (1) The Regional Office should facilitate and provide support for capacity strengthening of national delegates in global health. (2) The Regional Office should provide support for organizing regional training courses to strengthen the capacity of Member States in global health. The working paper and the HLP recommendations based on it are submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration. The Committee is also requested to consider the draft resolution on the subject.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). SEA/RC63/25 - Capacity building of Member States on global health. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128372