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ESMO urges WHO Member States to place cancer prevention and care at the core of decision-making on health systems

ESMO delivered five official statements to the 154th World Health Organisation Executive Board meeting in Geneva, 22.-27. January 2024, on Universal Health Coverage, Non-Communicable Diseases, HPV vaccines, Health Emergencies, and Air Pollution
29 Jan 2024

ESMO regularly contributes to global health forums at the highest political level, highlighting issues that matter to patients with cancer and their carers, and sharing knowledge and tools that can support countries to enhance patients’ access to optimal cancer care.

Enabled by its ‘Non-State actors in official relations with World Health Organisation (WHO)’ status, ESMO was invited to make statements at the WHO 154th Executive Body (EB) meeting in Geneva. The statements:

During the 154th WHO EB meeting, ESMO’s Official Relations status was renewed for the next three-year period (2024-2026). The status is a privilege, that is granted only to organizations that contribute significantly to the advancement of public health.

The WHO EB advises and facilitates the work of the World Health Assembly (WHA), which is the supreme decision-making body, composed of 194 Member States. ESMO will follow through the issues highlighted in the five statements to the EB at the next meeting of the WHA in May 2024 to continue to steer health policymaking at global and national levels.

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