The 74th World Health Assembly commenced on 24 May 2021 and concluded its sessions on 31 May 2021 by World Health Organization.

The new WHO Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 includes initiatives to eradicate polio, prevent, diagnose and control diabetes, risk factors such as obesity, and emphasizes the importance of collective action and teamwork for the success.

Member States emphasized the urgency of implementing the new strategic plan in order to take advantage of recent developments, maintain adequate surveillance, ensure continued, improved campaign coverage and respond quickly to impending public health challenges.

Special mention was made for the universal coverage of the health needs and the safety of the patients. Optimal universal health care is more than just providing prevention services. Includes access to specialized and quality health services, emergency care and surgery services. Patient safety and improved health outcomes require interdisciplinary collaboration, culture change, and the integration of systematic care approaches into the health system.

Patient safety is inextricably linked to the well-being of medical staff in healthcare. The management of the COVID-19 pandemic has put further pressure on staff, at a time when hospital understaffing is putting pressure on already strained health systems.

The EuroMediterranean Institute for Quality & Safety in Health Services, Avedis Donabedian, being officially registered at the Charter 2020-2021 Health Worker Safety: A Priority, for Patient Safety of WHO’s Global Patient Safety Network, fully supports WHO’s resolution adopted at the plenary session of the 74th World Health Assembly that was described by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as “one of the most important in the history of the WHO”.

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