Updated on 27 May 2014
Autism spectrum disorders comprise a range of development disorders which include autism, childhood disintegrative disorder and Asperger syndrome. Worldwide, most people with autism spectrum disorders and their families do not receive any care from health and social care systems.
A resolution on psoriasis encourages member awareness to raise awareness about the disease and to advocate against the stigma experienced by so many people who suffer from it.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease characterised by scaly, red skin lesions. People with psoriasis have relatively higher risks of heart disease, stroke, hypertension and diabetes. Studies have documented higher rates of depression and anxiety compared with the general population.
The Assemble emphasizes the need for palliative care services to grow because of the rising prevalence of noncommunicable diseases and the ageing of populations everywhere. The WHO global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2020, endorsed by the Health Assembly in May 2013, includes palliative care among the policy options proposed to member states and in its global monitoring framework.