Posted on May 18, 2018

The State of Qatar will take part in the 71st session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) from May 21 to 26 with a delegation led by Minister of Public Health, H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari. WHA is the highest decision-making body at the World Health Organization (WHO) and the main topic of its meetings this year is comprehensive health coverage.

Qatar’s delegation will also participate in a number of international and regional meetings that take place on the sidelines of WHA, including the 50th regular session of the Council of Arab Health Ministers and its executive bureau on May 20 and 21 as well as the fifth extraordinary session of the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean on May 19. WHA meetings discuss a number of major issues such as the executive council’s report on its 141st and 142nd sessions as well as its extraordinary session on the draft 13th general program of work 2019-2022, in addition to electing members of the executive council.

The meetings also touch on public health preparedness and response; health, environment and climate change; the global shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines; the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property; preparation for the third high-level meeting of the general assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, to be held in 2018; and preparation for a meeting of the general assembly on ending tuberculosis. Moreover, the meetings are set to discuss the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (20162030); use of appropriate digital technologies for public health; improving access to assistive technology; maternal, infant and young child nutrition; comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition; pandemic influenza preparedness framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits; and eradication of poliomyelitis.

The meetings will discuss the health situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem, collaboration within the UN system and with other intergovernmental organisations, enhancing the health of refugees and immigrants, the global working plan on vaccines, etc.

source: The Peninsula