Italian CSOs greeted the recent declaration of G7 ministers of halth with some praise concerning language on climate change but disappointment in other respects. They welcomed the effort to maintain wording about the impact of climate change on health, despite the US's opposition, and included strong language as well on the need to invest in research and development of new treatment and diagnosis tools for antimicrobial resistance and tuberculosis. CSOs also welcomed the G7’s affirmation that essential services for women, children, and adolescent health are a priority for universal health coverage (UHC), and needed to deliver human rights to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups.
However, the organizations argued that the G7 did not endorse ambitious enough targets concerning price controls for medicines and diagnosis tools, nor make sufficient financial commitments. They highlighted the fact that it is impossible to implement UHC without additional resources and strong policies to reduce medicines’ prices.
News report – Quotindiano della Sanità