Health Ministers meet to address priority health issues, advance health across WHO South-East Asia Region

The Regional Committee of South-East Asia is the highest decision making and governing body meeting of WHO in the Region

Health Ministers, Asia Region, Harsh Vardhan, Upendra Yadav, Minster of Health and Family Welfare, Deputy Prime Minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Tb, Cervical cancer, New Delhi

Health Ministers and experts from member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region began a week-long meeting in New Delhi to deliberate on priority public health issues and further build on the momentum of disease eliminations and progress achieved in recent years.

Inaugurating the Seventy-Second Session of the WHO Regional Committee of South-East Asia, India’s Minster of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan, called for a ‘mission mode approach’ for creating public health success stories from the Region. “I look forward to strong and continued collaboration with all respected Member States as we move forward on attaining Sustainable Development Goals through universal health coverage.”

The Regional Committee of South-East Asia is the highest decision making and governing body meeting of WHO in the Region. The meeting will deliberate, among other issues, cervical cancer, strengthening of emergency preparedness capacities, eliminating measles and addressing the high burden of TB.

“The Regional Committee session provides a unique opportunity to identify innovative solutions to the common problems that countries in this diverse Region face,” Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister, Upendra Yadav. said.

In his message, WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, “it is heartening to see the Region’s long list of achievements in the past five years...We hope to see this momentum build further and contribute to WHO’s global triple billion goals.”

The Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said,” the Regional Committee is a time to take stock, to review progress, to discuss and update policies and technical strategies. We need to look beyond our day-to-day concerns and the immediate horizon, to identify emerging challenges and trends and seek new opportunities to take forward our joint agenda.”