71st Session of the World Health Assembly organized by the World Health Organization has concluded today.
The meeting was held from 21st to 26th May in Geneva, Switzerland. 194 Member States of the WHO took part in this year’s meeting and many important global health decisions were taken.
World Health Organization’s 13th General Program of Work GPW (2019-2023), which focuses on broadening of health coverage, health emergencies, and other health priorities, was approved by the Member States during this year’s World Health Assembly.
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Health, Ms.Khadeeja Abdul Samad Abdulla,represented Maldives as one of the Vice Presidents of the Assembly this year.
“Health for all: Commit to Universal Health Coverage” was the theme for the plenary of the assembly this year delivered the statement on behalf of Maldives focusing on the need to improve universal healthcare services by reducing inequalities and improving access to services and medicines across the nation in an integrated, people-centered approach.
Maldives took part in several side events in this year’s Assembly, and co-sponsored two events on key health issues.
On the side lines of the World Health Assembly, the Maldives delegation held bilateral discussions with delegations from Malaysia, China, Thailand, Nepal, and Cyprus to discuss bilateral collaborations. The delegation also met with the Director General of WHO, Stop TB, and other health organizations as well.