The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published its draft 13th General Programme of Work 2019-2023 (GPW13). The document provides a high-level strategic vision and sets out WHO priorities for global health.
Despite the increasing number of older persons around the world, the draft GPW13 does not address ageing. This is in stark contrast to the previous programme, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2013. That document specifically identified the ageing population, and stressed the importance of maintaining a focus on health across the whole life-course.
Advocates and experts around the world are concerned that the absence of ageing in the draft GPW13 will rollback the progress which has been made in recent years.
Therefore, organizations and individuals who share this concern are being encouraged to provide their input directly to the WHO as part of its public consultation on GPW13. More specifically, concerned parties are encouraged to provide a strong yet succinct statement that the omission of ageing in the programme is unacceptable and will negatively impact current and future generations. Everyone is encouraged to comment regardless of whether they have a formal connection to WHO.
The consultation period ends November 15, 2017. The draft GPW13 will be discussed at a special session of the WHO's Executive Board on November 22-23, 2017, and then further considered in January 2018.
Comments can be submitted directly on the WHO website.
Dementia Justice thanks the International Federation on Ageing, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People, and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse for bringing this issue to our attention.
12th General Programme of Work 2014-2019, World Health Organization (2014).
Draft 13th General Programme of Work 2019-2023, World Health Organization (1 November 2017).