AFGHANISTAN MINISTRY OF PUBLIC HEALTH ATTENDS SIXTY-SEVENTH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY

Afghanistan delegation led by H.E Dr. Dalil attended the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA) that took place in Geneva from 19-24 May 2014.  This year Health and climate change, including environmental sustainability and Post-2015 agenda were the main topics discussed by all WHO Member States. Member States also approved a resolution on health in the post-2015 development agenda, stressing the need for ongoing engagement in the process of setting the agenda. This includes a need to complete the unfinished work of the health Millennium Development Goals, newborn health, as well as an increased focus on noncommunicable diseases, mental health and neglected tropical diseases. The resolution also stresses on the importance of universal health coverage and the need to strengthen health systems.

The Afghan delegation together with the delegates from Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and WHO attended the G5 meeting held on 19 May 2014. Major objective of the meeting was to share the progress reports on MDR-TB, Malaria, Poliomyelitis, and strengthening countries coordination on common health priorities. In the mentioned meeting, the Afghan delegation presented its progress report on communicable diseases and stated that Afghanistan has achieved three out of four of its objectives in eradicating Polio.

Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health signed a Cooperative Agreement with the Belarus Ministry of Public health. This agreement emphasizes on the issues such as;  maternal and child health protection, medical education and training programs for medical professionals, medical products and equipment, exchange of experiences in the field of information development and management of health care system and immunization programs.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was honoured with a Resolve Award for its leadership in expanding access to essential reproductive health services. HE Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan, accepted the award at a ceremony organized by the Global Leaders Council (GLC) during the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva.

Afghanistan joined the International Health Partnership and its related initiatives (IPH+). Minister Dalil signed IHP+ Global Compact on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in a signing event hosted by Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of World Health Organization. By signing this compact, Afghanistan has joined those international development agencies, bilateral organizations, and developing countries who have already signed the IHP+ Global Compact.

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly was closed on 24 May 2014, after adopting more than 20 resolutions on public health issues of global importance.

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