World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Gov't Doc #: EM/RC63/R.4 Agenda item 5(b)
Type Of Publication : Regional Committee resolutions RC Resolution Fulltext The Regional Committee, Having discussed the technical paper on the strategic framework for strengthening health laboratory services 2016-20201; Recalling
resolutions EM/RC61/R.2 on global health security and EM/RC59/R.3 on health systems strengthening; Acknowledging the essential role of health laboratory services in improving health outcomes, achieving universal health coverage and ensuring global health security and the need to improve access to and strengthen national laboratory capacity to generate safe and quality assured results for both clinical and public health use; Recognizing that the strengthening of health laboratory services is an important component of both the International Health Regulations (2005)and the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance; Recognizing also the importance of intersectoral and cross-country collaboration to support the strengthening of health laboratory services; 1. ENDORSES the strategic framework for strengthening health laboratory services 2016-2020 and its framework for action (annexed to this resolution); 2. URGES Member States to: 2.1 Take the necessary steps to strengthen health laboratory services, with particular emphasis on public health laboratories, based on the strategic framework, adapted to national priorities, regulations and specific contexts; 2.2 Develop or further strengthen national laboratory policies and strategic plans, based on situation analysis and aligned with national health policy and planning; 2.3 Ensure provision of adequate financial, human, infrastructure and technical resources for implementation of the national laboratory policies and strategic plans; 2.4 Build and expand the mechanisms and institutional base for monitoring and evaluation of laboratory performance and of progress towards implementation of the national laboratory policies and strategic plans. 3. REQUESTS the Regional Director to: 3.1 Provide support to Member States in strengthening their health laboratory services based on the strategic framework, with particular emphasis on public health laboratories; 3.2 Encourage national and international partners to support Member States in the implementation of the strategic framework; 3.3 Report on progress in the implementation of the strategic framework to the 65th and 67th sessions of the Regional Committee.
Keywords: Communicable Diseases, Laboratories
( 2016).Strategic framework for strengthening health laboratory services 2016-2020, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean