Statement of Foreign Policy and Global Health Initiative on Novel Coronavirus Outbreak Delivered by Mdme Nila Moeleok, EB Member/Former Minister of Health of Indonesia on behalf of the FPGH Initiative at 146EB under the item 15.2 WHO’s Work in health emergencies, 6 February 2020

April 25, 2020 Health and Labour Issues

Chair,

I deliver this statement on behalf of the member states of the Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) initiative compromising Brazil, France, Indonesia, Norway, Senegal, South Africa and Thailand.

We support WHO’s work in emergencies and stress the importance of its role as health cluster lead in humanitarian emergencies.

We further express gratitude to all frontline health workers, who do their job in increasingly complex settings, where their safety is sometimes at risk. In this regard, we recognize the importance of Member States’ contribution in ensuring an enabling environment for WHO and its partners.

We call on WHO to continue working with Member States and relevant stakeholders to strengthen global capacities and capabilities for preparedness and response, including through promoting integration and coordination at country, regional, and global levels.

We commend the efforts made by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and its people in containing the current outbreak of the novel Corona virus, and cooperation in case management and sharing of epidemiological data with WHO and the international community.

We encourage WHO and the international community to continue work with scientists, public health experts and global networks to prevent the spread of the Novel Corona Virus. We appreciate WHO’s clear communication to the public in relation to the outbreak. This will also be crucial in order to counter misinformation and avoid social and economic disruption.   

Following the declaration of Novel Coronavirus as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), we call upon all Member States to comply with the WHO Temporary Recommendations under the International Health Regulations (2005).

Chair,

Now is the moment for the international community and relevant stakeholders to enhance unified global solidarity, coordination and preparedness, particularly through ensuring  that member states with weaker health system have the needed support and capacity, to strengthen, prevent and address public health emergencies.  

State Parties need to take this opportunity to implement Article 44 of the IHR 2005 on collaboration and assistance

We encourage the international community to work and support WHO on Global Research and Innovation through enhanced global coordination of research, accelerate research and development of diagnostics, antivirals, vaccines, personal protective equipment and protocol of clinical management  as well as follow up research on the Novel Coronavirus survivors.

To conclude , Member States of FPGH stand ready to extend cooperation  with the global community and WHO, in its efforts to contain the Novel Coronavirus outbreak in line with the International Health Regulations 2005.

Thank you