Pamela Lang (Fiocruz News Agency)
On the first day of the 76th World Health Assembly (5/21) of the World Health Organization (WHO), Fiocruz had an agenda focused on strengthening networks that can contribute to promoting equity and building local capacity to deal with future pandemics. “Two points are of particular interest to us, the matter of local production, which brings autonomy to the countries' health systems, and the effort to implement the global genomic surveillance network, which will allow us to anticipate outbreaks, epidemics and, even, possible pandemics. Over the next few days, we will be having important discussions with institutions and countries that can contribute to our work for global health and, especially, to our [Unified Health System] SUS”, explained Mario Moreira, president of Fiocruz.
Fiocruz president, Mario Moreira, participated in a bilateral meeting with Unitaid executive director Philippe Duneton (photo: Pamela Lang)
In line with the theme of the Assembly, WHO at 75: saving lives and health for all, Fiocruz president's second day in Geneva was dedicated to two events: the annual Unitaid event, whose theme was Equity. Access. Now. The transformative power of partnerships; and the Health Emergency Workforce and the Need for the Global Health Emergency Corps event, promoted by the International Association of National Institutes of Public Health (Ianphi). He also participated in the bilateral meeting with Unitaid's Executive Director, Philippe Duneton, conducted by the Brazilian Minister of Health, Nísia Trindade Lima.
The Unitaid event was attended by the Nísia Trindade Lima, who recalled Fiocruz's contributions and partnerships with the initiative, such as the Project for the Implementation of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (ImPrEP), and Cuida Chagas, an innovative international action that works to test, treat and care for people affected by the Chagas disease in Latin America. For the minister, “it is about seeking strategic actions that involve preparing for future pandemics, strengthening the local production of health inputs and the expansion of and equitable access to health systems. Only with solidary international cooperation we are able to move forward”.
The Ianphi event was attended by WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom, Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies Program Michael Ryan, and the German Health, Minister Karl Lauterbach. The activity addressed the challenges of building and sustaining a local capacity that can be prepared to deal with future health emergencies. “Doing enough is not enough. We have to bring the best of what we have to the table and not simply rely on the passion of healthcare professionals for their work. We need to provide the necessary resources, skills, training and logistics to tackle the next pandemic”, said the Executive Director, Michael Ryan.