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M.E. Highlighted At The 71st World Health Assembly

Friday 25 May 2018

 

From Action for M.E.:

 

Action for M.E.
 

M.E. highlighted at the 71st World Health Assembly

May 23, 2018
© 2018 Action for M.E.

The need for accelerated biomedical research, and training and education for health professionals, has been highlighted at the first-ever World Health Assembly side event focused on M.E.

Taking place last night in Geneva and held by the International Alliance for M.E. (IAFME), led by Action for M.E. and hosted by the Union for International Control (UICC), the aim of the event was to raise awareness and understanding of M.E. among international policy-makers, and to build connections with other public health organisations and individuals who support the IAFME’s goal of achieving a global public health response to M.E.

Those attending were visibly shocked by a short screening from Jen Brea’s award-winning documentary Unrest, showing the devastating impact of M.E. on people across the world. Afterwards, panel members Sonya Chowdhury, Prof Chris Ponting, Greg Perry and M.E. patient Steven offered their view on the challenges facing people affected by M.E., and those that support them, and the steps that must be taken to address these.

“It is not OK that people with M.E. are being told there is nothing wrong with them, whether that’s one person, 100 people, or 35 million people – which is the latest estimated number of people with M.E., using data from a new research due to be published,” said Sonya Chowdhury, Chief Executive, Action for M.E. “The universal health coverage championed by the World Health Organisation must include coverage for every single person. They must not turn their backs on one person with M.E., let alone 35 million.”

 

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