15.2 Progress reports

Secretariat note

The various reports responding to requests for information on progress made in the implementation of resolutions previously adopted are grouped for consideration by category: noncommunicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response; communicable diseases; and health systems. In addition, at the request of Member States, an additional report on progress in patient safety is included, as well as a new item for information on health policy and systems research strategy.


Noncommunicable diseases (EB132/42

  • A. Strengthening noncommunicable disease policies to promote active ageing (resolution WHA65.3
  • B. Global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol (resolution WHA63.13)  
  • C. Sustaining the elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (resolution WHA60.21)  

Preparedness, surveillance and response (EB132/44)

  • D. Strengthening national health emergency and disaster management capacities and  the resilience of health systems (resolution WHA64.10
  • E. Climate change and health (resolutions EB124.R5 and WHA61.19)  

Communicable diseases (EB132/44)

  • F. Malaria (resolution WHA64.17)  
  • G. Eradication of dracunculiasis (resolution WHA64.16)   
  • H. Smallpox eradication: destruction of variola virus stocks (resolution WHA60.1)  

Health systems (EB132/42)

  • I. Patient safety (resolution WHA55.18)  
  • J. Drinking-water, sanitation and health (resolution WHA64.24
  • K. Workers’ health: global plan of action (resolution WHA60.26)  
  • L. Strategy for integrating gender analysis and actions into the work of WHO (resolution WHA60.25
  • M. Progress in the rational use of medicines (resolution WHA60.16
  • N. Health policy and systems research strategy 

PHM comment

These reports reveal poor work towards these resolutions.

For exam ple, in  
J. Drinking-water, sanitation and health (WHA64.24), the report notes that in 2011, there was an 85% increase in the number of cholera cases worldwide compared to 2010. It also states that the danger that the achievement on the MDG target on sanitation might not be achieved by 2015 is real.
In N. Health policy and systems research strategy, the report reveals a progressive narrowing of this important topic, from the need for a strategy on heath systems and health policy research, to universal health coverage (which itself has been narrowed down in the agenda to financing only).