Beyond the 2019 WHA Resolution: Mobilizing Resources for Emergency Care in LMICs

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Organizer: Departments of Emergency Medicine from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, University of Vermont, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and Boston University
​Date: Friday, April 17
Time: 8:00am-12:00pm
Location: Jefferson W
54% of the global burden of disease in LMICs – including 24 million deaths annually – could be averted with implementation of functional emergency care (EC) systems. With the 2019 passage of the World Health Assembly resolution 72.16, there is now a global mandate to address this need and ensure timely access to care for acutely ill and injured patients through the provision of quality EC. Following on the success of the 2019 CUGH satellite session, this second annual pre-conference will bring together stakeholders to advance emergency care in LMICs, build partnerships, and strengthen knowledge creation and dissemination. Implementing effective EC systems requires a focus on health-care delivery and management; workforce and training; healthcare finance; and information management. As the momentum builds, there is a critical need for a strengthened advocacy platform and resource mobilization. The satellite session will feature: 1) An update on the global state of EC after the 2019 WHA resolution, including current WHO priorities, basic EC implementation programs, residency programs, disaster response, research and evaluation. 2) A first expert panel on health program prioritization and resource mobilization, including speakers from LMICs to set the vision of successful partnerships for EC, as well as representatives from bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and foundations. 3) A second expert panel on building an advocacy platform, drawing on experiences across global health, including speakers from public policy and journalism; a key focus will be new knowledge generation and dissemination. 4) A moderated wrap-up to synthesize lessons and build a road map forward.