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Geneva: The State of Qatar took part in the opening session of the 75th World Health Assembly, which is being held under the theme 'Health for Peace, Peace for Health' in Geneva from May 22 to 28.
The delegation of Qatar was chaired by Minister of Public Health H E Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari.
Sessions of the 75th World Health Assembly focus on a number of priorities, including urgent paradigm shift towards preventing disease and promoting health: economics of health for all; radical reorientation of health systems towards primary health care as the foundation of universal health coverage: the best and only choice to achieve universal health coverage; towards a new architecture for health emergency preparedness, response and resilience: 10 proposals for a safer world; behavioural sciences for better health; a healthy return: and investing in a sustainably-financed WHO.
During the opening session, World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down and that health workers have laboured under extreme circumstances. He cautioned that the pandemic is not yet over and that more needs to be done to support countries with the lowest vaccination coverage.
Throughout the 75th World Health Assembly, the Minister of Public Health H E Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari and the Qatari delegation will participate in key sessions and contribute to decision-making on health goals and strategies that will guide countries' public health work and the work of the WHO Secretariat to move the world towards better health and well-being for all.
Meanwhile, Minister Dr. Al Kuwari met separately with Minister of Health of Algeria H E Abdel Rahman Bin Bouzid; Acting Minister of Health and Population of Egypt H E Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar; Minister of Public Health of Lebanon H E Dr. Firas Al Abiad; and Minister of Health of Iran H E Bahram Eynollahi, on the sidelines of the 57th World Health Assembly, currently in session in Geneva.
The meetings reviewed the bilateral relations between the Qatar and Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon and Iran in various health fields; and discussed the urgent healthcare priorities in the region and the world and the efforts being made to improve healthcare services for all.
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