The G20 Health & Development Partnership has issued a Call to Action to G20 leaders following a two-day H20 Summit at the WHO in Geneva. The Summit – organised by @G20HDP and co-hosted by the T20 – brought together key players in the global health policy community with over 70 expert speakers making recommendations on investment in pandemic preparedeness, preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and anti-microbial resistance (AMR); as well as on global health architecture, digital health and diagnostics.
The Call to Action below has been signed by international health NGOs, politicians and academics. It calls on the G20 to put the new Financial Intermediary Fund a long-term footing with sustainable funding. The Call to Action also urges the G20 and G7, IMF, the World Bank and the Paris Club to tackle the growing debt crisis resulting from the pandemic with measures, such as, debt to health swaps.
The G20 and WHO, with the support of multilateral development banks, are urged to help create regional Centres of Excellence for collaborative R&D and manufacture of diagnostics and therapeutics. The G20 Digital Health Taskforce should be given a mandate for addressing equity, evidence and scale up of digital interventions across health systems with a focus on primary care
It also recommends a new permanent ‘structured dialogue’ to tackle AMR a new comprehensive plan of action to reduce the incidence of NCDs such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.