NAM’s Standard Health Concerns

Non-Aligned Movement has always been very serious and concerned about maintaining the best possible health conditions all over the globe focusing on the purposes and the principles of the World Health Organization Constitution which emphasized that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition, and also stressed that the health of all people is fundamental to the attainment of, peace and security and is dependent upon the fullest co-operation of individuals and states.

With the recent increase in communicable and non-communicable diseases world-wide at present Non-Aligned members have again taken up the issue to combat the matter at hand with efficiency and speed, laying down various guidelines that it has vehemently urged its member states and other nations to follow to better the health ratio in their individual countries and globally.

The Movement has expressed its grave concern over vulnerable health systems both in West Africa and across the world that Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak has highlighted and has called for the establishment of resilient health systems as cornerstones of successful and effective health system being one of them. The Movement also calls upon the World Health Organisation to aid Member States in their efforts on building durable health systems and their efforts to keep a check, detect and control future outbreaks, and to invest in primary health care and universal health coverage.

NAM has expressed full support to the affected countries in combating Ebola virus disease that jeopardized the human’s public health and sustainable development in these countries, and has emphasized on improving national health systems and community engagement in the affected and countries highly at risk.

The Movement has called upon the Member States to endorse ‘Universal Health Coverage’ to address affordability, enhance accessibility and avoid financial hardship for people who need healthcare, regardless of their ethnicity and socio-economic status. NAM has also donor countries to honour their commitments to allocate 0.7% of their gross domestic product as official development assistance, and urge donors to support international cooperation programmes on health, and strengthening national health systems through capacity building and technology transfer to achieve the common goal of building resilient health systems.

The Non- Aligned Movement reiterates the call for more attention to health as an important cross-cutting policy issue in the international agenda as it is a precondition for and an outcome and indicator of all three dimensions of sustainable development and for the recognition that global health challenges require concerted and sustained efforts. NAM Member States acknowledge that good health is determined by many aspects of development including poverty, education, sustainable energy, water and sanitation, and climate change (adaptation and mitigation) as much as by preventing and treating diseases and is largely dependent on affordable, accessible health care and medicines.
The Movement further encourages member states to continue to meet their commitments with regards to the implementation of the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDs and call upon them to scale up their efforts comprehensive prevention programmes, treatment, care and support, and towards ambition of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030; further call upon all States, especially developed countries to implement fully these commitments; and urge international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the business sector to support national efforts and priorities.

NAM has urged relevant international organizations to continue to provide technical assistance and capacity-building to developing countries, especially to the least developed countries, in the areas of non-communicable disease prevention and control and promotion of access to medicines for all, including through the full use of flexibilities and exceptions provided in intellectual property rights.
It stresses on the WHO’s role in ensuring availability of affordable, quality, safe, efficacious medicines., and calls on the World Health Organization and international financial organizations to provide full logistical and financial support to the affected countries affected by the emergence and spread of pandemics, to combat such pandemics promptly and effectively as well as to provide adequate assistance to affected countries to prevent further outbreaks.

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