76th session of the WHO Regional
Committee for South-East Asia Region has begun today in New Delhi, India. Health
Ministers and Senior officials from all 11 Member States of the Region will
attend this meeting which is the highest policy making governing
body meeting of WHO for this region.
A high level delegation from Maldives led by Minister
of Health Order of the Diginified Rule of Muleege Dynasty Ahmed Naseem, will be
attending this meeting, which will be taking place from 30th October
to 2nd November 2023.
The meeting will be attended by the Director
General of WHO, Regional Director for South-East Asia Region and other high
level officials from the WHO Headquarters, Regional Office and the High
Commission of the Republic of Maldives to the Republic of India. In addtion,
officials from partner organizations and Civil Society will also be attending this
Ministerial Roundtable will be held on Tuesday,
31 October 2023 and the topic for this years Ministerial roundtable
meeting is on “Strengthening primary health care as a key element towards
achieving universal health coverage”. The discussions will include services
provided to strengthen the primary health care in the region. Following these deliberations,
the Health Ministers will sign “Delhi Declaration on strengthening primary
health care as a key element towards achieving universal health coverage” to overcome
the challenges and work further on primary health care and services.
Additionally, important areas such as Political
Declaration on TB by the UN High-Level meeting, revitalization of the school
health program and health promoting schools, and expanding the scope of the
South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund will also be discussed at the
meeting. Furthermore, governance matters related to progress of work of the
South-East Asia Regional Office new building, Management performance and transformation
in the South-East Asia Region, WHO budgetery reports and implementation of work
plans will also be discussed.
On the sidelines of the Regional Committee
Meeting, Maldivian delegation will be meeting with high level officials from other
countries to discuss bilateral collaborations on strengthening the health
workforce and other collaborative areas.