EB resolution on “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders”
The 133rd Executive Board adopted a resolution on “Comprehensive and Coordinated Efforts for the Management of Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASDs) on May 30th 2013. The resolution was co-sponsored by more than 50 countries and supported by all.
The resolution sets out a clear set of actions to facilitate comprehensive intersectoral response to the needs of persons with ASD and other developmental disorders in all countries, with high-, middle- and low-income. The resolution urges Member States to increase the capacity of health and social care systems to provide services for individuals and families with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders. It highlights the importance of implementing resolution WHA66.8 on the comprehensive mental health action plan 2013–2020, as well as resolution WHA66.9 on disability, in order to scale up care for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders and as an integrated component of the scale-up of care for all mental health needs.
The Department is planning a consultation on Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disorders: From awareness Raising to Capacity Building. It aims to identify priorities for action and effective strategies for strengthening capacities in countries and promote the establishment of a global network. The meeting will bring together high-level stakeholders, policy makers, experts from relevant disciplines, civil society, international organizations and NGOs.