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On Seventieth Session of the WHO South-East Asia Regional Committee and Health Ministers from WHO South-East Asia Region Meeting on Building Health System Resilience to Climate Change

IMG_9619A delegation led by H.E. Lyonpo Tandin Wangchuk, Health Minister is attending the Seventieth Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for South-East Asia in Male, Maldives from 6 to 10 September 2017.  The Regional Committee for South-East Asia is the World Health Organization’s governing body in the South-East Region, with representation from all 11 Member States of the Region.

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The WHO Regional Committee convenes once every year to review and discuss progress in the health development and public health issues important to the regions, among others. The Regional Committee also set policy and approve programme budget.

This Seventieth Session of the World Health Organization Regional Committee for South-East Asia will deliberate on:

  • Building Health Systems Resilience to climate change during the Ministerial Roundtable. To this effect, the 11 Member States Health Ministers from WHO South-East Asia Region will adopt the Male Declaration and its corresponding Framework for Action in Building Health Systems Resilience to Climate Change in South-East Asia Region 2017-2022.
  • The topics which are becoming increasingly important in global health, such as; Improving Access to Medicines, Hepatitis, addressing the burden of TB, Vector-Borne Diseases and Road Safety.
  • Strengthening primary health care and the health workforce, progress towards Universal Health Coverage as Region’s drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for health.
  • The progress reports on selected Regional Committee resolutions including on expanding the scope of the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF); Measles Elimination and Rubella/Congenital Rubella syndrome control; Antimicrobial Resistance; and the South-East Asia Regional Action Plan to implement the Global Strategy to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol.

Further, the Regional Committee will adopt number of resolutions on selected health issues.