AFGHANISTAN MINISTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH ATTENDS SIXTY-EIGHTH WORLD HEATH ASSEMBLY

The Sixty-eighth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) took place in Geneva 18–26 May 2015. It was attended by delegations from all WHO Member States, as well as representatives from many agencies, organizations, foundations and other groups that contribute to improving public health. Its main functions were to determine the policies of the Organization, supervise financial policies, review and approve the proposed programme budget.

The Afghan Delegation led by H.E Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, the Public Health Minister of Afghanistan, attended the 68th session of World Health Assembly. This year a series of technical briefing and discussions on health in the post 2015 sustainable development goals, Ebola outbreak, climate and health and cancer prevention and control were included in the 68th Agenda.  H.E. Minister Ferozuddin Feroz was appointed as the Vice-Chair of the Sixty-eight Session of the World Health Assembly.

On May 20, 2015 H.E Minister Ferozuddin Feroz delivered his speech at the plenary session, focusing on building resilient health system in Afghanistan, implementing anti-corruption measures, strengthening access to primary health care, improving the quality of both management and care, better specialist tertiary care especially through public-private investment partnerships.

On the Side-line of the 68th Assembly, Afghanistan together with Canada and Mozambique co-sponsored a side-event on “strengthening the role of the health system in addressing violence, particularly against women and girls”. H.E Minister Ferozuddin Feroz accompanied by H.E Ambassador Tarzi held Bilateral meetings with the head of the delegation from United Arab Emirates, Iran, Belarus, Australia, Bill Gates Foundation and Doctors without borders. The Afghan Delegation furthermore participated in the 8th Ministerial meeting of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the 2nd Ministerial Meeting of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

The 68th Session of the World Health Assembly closed on 26th May 2015 passing resolution on air pollution, epilepsy and laying out the next steps in finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors.