Posted: Monday, May 22, 2023. 9:03 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Minister of Health and Wellness, Kevin Bernard is in Geneva representing Belize at the 76th World Health Assembly.
The World Health Assembly (WHA) is taking place from 21-30 May.
Discussions will focus on the sustainable financing of the World Health Organization (WHO) as it reaches its 75th anniversary, as well as the critical role of the Organization in the Global Health Emergency Architecture.
“As we mark WHO’s 75th anniversary, we can be proud of our past achievements, but we must be mindful of lessons learned, as we transition from the emergency phase of COVID-19 and create a future where every person has access to the health services they need,” WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said.
“This means strengthening the global architecture for health emergency preparedness, response and resilience, supporting countries on the road to universal health coverage, and building a stronger, sustainably funded and accountable WHO,” he added.
In addition, discussions will focus on strengthening preparedness and response to health emergencies, as well as areas including women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health; universal health coverage and primary health care; traditional medicine; infection prevention and control; migrant health; non-communicable diseases; and mental health.
The WHO Programme Budget for 2024-2025 will also be approved, including the decision to increase assessed contributions.
The WHA kicked off with the fourth edition of the Walk the Talk: Health for All challenge to promote physical and mental health, and to celebrate the importance of partnership during WHO’s 75th anniversary.
During the general debate, Minister Bernard will voice the Government of Belize’s support for the inclusion of Taiwan as an observer at the WHA.
“Belize and many other countries have benefited from Taiwan’s assistance, during and after the pandemic, to better equip their healthcare systems by providing invaluable training and donations of medical supplies,” the Ministry of Health and Wellness stated recently.
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