Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe attends 71st World Health Assembly

Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe attends the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: MNA
Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe attends the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr. Myint Htwe and his delegation attended the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA71) held in Palais Des Nation, Geneva, Switzerland, from 21 to 25 May and returned to Yangon yesterday.
The WHA71 was attended by health ministers and delegations from 194 member states, Geneva-based ambassadors of permanent member countries, head of donor organisations and other partner organisations, directors-generals and regional directors of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and high ranking officials from UN organisations.
At the opening ceremony of WHA71, Dr. David Parirenyatwa, Zimbabwe Minister of Health; Dr. Tedros, WHO Director-General; and Mr. Alain Berset, President of the Swiss Confederation, who were elected as chairman of the assembly, delivered the opening speeches.
While attending the “Towards Universal Coverage with HIV Prevention Services in Commodities Side Event,” the union minister discussed Myanmar’s work and suggestions. He mentioned his satisfaction on Myanmar joining the Global HIV Prevention Coalition, learning the nature of HIV/AIDS occurrence, learning and using appropriate strategy and tactics to eliminate the disease, its appreciation towards WHO, and the UNAIDs and the Global Fund for support provided to achieve success in HIV/AIDS prevention works, as well as discussed the success of HIV/AIDS prevention work directly related to the health awareness of the public and the works conducted accordingly.
The Union Minister also attended the “Country-led and country-owned efforts on malaria elimination to achieving UHC,” jointly organized by China, Sri Lanka, Laos and Myanmar and the “Ministerial call for action to eliminate malaria in GMS by 2030” and signed the “call for action.”
While in Geneva, the Union Minister attended the “Informal ASEAN Breakfast Gathering,” led by the Singapore health minister, and the working dinner organized by the health and family welfare minister of India.
During the trip, the Union Minister also met with WHO Regional Director for South-east Asia Dr. Poonam Singh, Nippon Foundation Chairman Mr. Sasakawa, senior officials from the Global Fund, WHO Assistant Director-General for Special Initiatives Dr. Ranieri Guerra, officials from C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge, GE, Medtronic, Novartis and Varian Medical Systems and discussed the health, training and basic infrastructure development, as well as treatment and research matters conducted in Myanmar. The Union Minister also met senior officials from the World Bank headquarters and officials of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and discussed the works conducted with the loan and assistance of the World Bank and SIDA. —Myanmar News Agency

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