Individual Statements

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    Group 1.1


    The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) calls for more investments in prevention and management of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women, especially at the primary health care level.

    CVD is responsible for an estimated 35% of deaths in women globally, although it is often undiagnosed and therefore undertreated. The pathophysiology and symptoms of atherosclerotic CVD differ in women compared to men, leading to misdiagnosis and undertreatment even in countries with a high socioeconomic index. In addition, screening for high cholesterol is less common in women.

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    Item 12. Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016–2030)


    The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1919 in New York, registered in Switzerland and representing over 12,000 women physicians in more than 70 countries.

    MWIA recognizes the gender-related differences in health and healthcare between women and men, girls and boys throughout the world, and gender inequalities in the medical profession. MWIA is also concerned with the rising incidence of violence against women and girls, and femicide.

    To advance the Universal Health Coverage agenda for all, MWIA calls WHO to prioritize promotion of Gender Equity and Equality policies and practices in the health sectors and institutions, mainstreaming of Gender-Medicine in under-graduate medical education, and investing in health education and early prevention programmes for young populations.

    MWIA also calls for a Global Treaty to end all forms of violence against women and girls.


    The MWIA hybrid Gender Medicine Round Table was held on the margins of the WHA on 30th May 2023 at the World Council of Churches in Geneva with very illuminating presentations and interactions.

    The principal officers of MWIA also attended the WHO Executive Board meeting at the invitation of WHO.

    On 1st June, principal officers met with Bernard Kuiten, Head of External Relations of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to discuss the intersect between health and trade. MWIA now has observer status with WTO.


    WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, with MWIA President – Eleanor Nwadinobi, and Treasurer Dr. Eliza Lo Chin during the 153rd WHO Executive Board Meeting