(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- H H Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tariq bin Taimur al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs and the Special Representative of His Majesty the Sultan, will patronise over the opening ceremony of the regional ministerial meeting, 'The Road to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the Eastern-Mediterranean Region (EMR)' on Monday.
The meeting will be held at the Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex for Culture and Entertainment in Salalah.
Dr Ahmed al Mandhari, regional director WHO-EMR, and H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Obaid al Sa'eedi, Minister of Health along with Dr Naoko Yamamoto, UHC Assistant Director General and Health Systems at the WHO will deliver the key speeches.
A video message of Dr Tedros Adanom, WHO Director-General will be displayed during the ceremony.
The meeting will touch on the non-communicable diseases in the context of Universal Health Coverage.
The meeting will be organised by the Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Eastern Mediterranean in cooperation and collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH).
Around 22 EMR countries represented by the ministers of health, a number of high-level officials from the financial and parliament sectors, consultants, advisers and experts, as well as several national health institutions are participating.
The ministerial meeting is one of the important meetings at the international level as it follows the WHO.
The issues, which will be discussed during the meeting, are very important and related to the Universal Health Coverage.
Senior health leaders, policymakers, national health systems officials in the EMR countries along with local, regional and international participants are attending the event.
The meeting aims to take stock of the regional situation and share successful international and regional experiences in advancement towards UHC with regional leaders and policymakers responsible for national health systems.
The ministerial meeting seeks to achieve several objectives including introducing to policymakers most up-to-date knowledge and thinking on health systems, UHC and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and share global best practices in effectively advancing UHC through the strengthening of the health system.
The meeting's key expected results will be signing of the UHC2030 global compact by all WHO member states in the region, as well as understanding the most up-to-date knowledge and thinking on health systems, Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development Goals.
The agenda of the meeting contains a number of scientific sessions.
On the second day, the meeting will touch on the right to health, human capabilities and health justice, macroeconomic policy and health financing for achieving the UHC.
Furthermore, it will discuss defining and delivering the Universal Health Coverage priority benefit package, addressing the health services for mother and children, non-communicable and communicable diseases in the context of UHC.
In addition to a high-level discussion on the national experiences in the Eastern-Mediterranean Region.
On the last day, the meeting's sessions will include health security and Universal Health Coverage, promoting the inclusive national health systems for migrants and host communities along with monitoring Universal Health Coverage.
A high-level panel discussion on national experiences in advancing towards UHC will also be held. The Ministry of Health has prepared early and provided the adequate support for the participants in collaboration with the concerned authorities.
A main committee with subcommittees and teams that are responsible for the organisational, administrative and media issues have also been formed.