Health Ministers from WHO South-East Asia Region to discuss COVID pandemic, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: Health Ministries ofmember countries of WHO South-East Asia Region will meet next week to deliberate upon the ongoing pandemic and measures to ‘build back better’ essential health services in order to achieve universal health coverage.

The 74th Regional Committee Session of WHO South-East Asia will be hosted by Nepal from 6 to 10 September.
The committee session will see the presence of WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Health Ministers and senior health officials of Member countries of the Region, UN Agencies, partners, donors, and civil society representatives.

Strengthening public health emergency preparedness and response, accelerating progress for prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, and ending viral hepatitis, HIV and STI are among other key issues that will be discussed at the annual meeting. This meeting will be held virtually for the second consecutive year in view of the pandemic.

Monitoring progress on universal health coverage, revitalizing school-health, and the regional framework for vaccine action plan will also be tabled for discussion.

The meeting will also take stock of the progress being made in the region on resolutions adopted at previous Regional Committee meetings. The session will also cover measles and rubella elimination by 2023, improving access to essential medical products, the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund and strengthening health systems to accelerate delivery of services for non-communicable diseases at the primary health care level.

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