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Advocating for Global Health: ICCBBA's Call to Action at the 77th World Health Assembly

Updated: Jun 4

Eoin McGrath, Executive Director of ICCBBA, spoke on behalf of seven non-State actors, presenting a constituency statement in support of a new WHO resolution on transplantation of cells, tissues, and organs.

Eoin McGrath addressing the World Health Organization (WHO)

On May 29, 2024 the World Health Organization (WHO) convened the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland with delegations from all Member States attending.

Eoin McGrath, Executive Director for ICCBBA, traveled to speak on behalf of a constituency formed by ICCBBA and 6 other Non-State Actors (WBMT, ISN, TTS, ISC, IFSC, and NCDA) advocating for the adoption of a draft resolution on increasing access to organ, tissue and cell transplantation led by Spain and supported by several other member states. This resolution aims to enhance the availability, ethical access, and oversight of human cell, tissue and organ transplantation worldwide.

"These Medical Products of Human Origin (MPHO) are lifesaving," McGrath stated, "and life-changing for patients with non-communicable diseases (NCD's) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes. As Non-State Actors, we are ready to contribute to designing the necessary strategy to make the resolution effective. We urge Member States to adopt this resolution in the interests of patients in need around the world."

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making component of the World Health Organization and is comprised of delegations from each Member State to determine policy around new, specific topics. Held annually in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHA this year focused on the theme of "All for Health and Health for All."

For more details, you can read the full joint statement here.


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About ICCBBA:  

ICCBBA is the international standards organization responsible for the management and development of the ISBT 128 Standard.  

The acronym ISBT was originally derived from the important role played by the International Society of Blood Transfusion in the development of the Standard. Today it expands as Information Standard for Blood and Transplantation. The number 128 reflects the 128 characters of the ISO/IEC 646 7-bit character set.  

The acronym ICCBBA is derived from the International Council for Commonality in Blood Banking Automation.  

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