Minister Suraya Dalil attended to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly

Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health

H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan headed the Afghan delegation to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly, held from 20 to 28 May 2013 in Geneva.

On 21st May 2013, Minister Dalil made a statement and highlighted two health care packages of health services in Afghanistan that resulted in reduction of maternal mortality and child mortality over the last decade. She said: “The under-five mortality rate has declined from 257 to 97 in 1000 live births and maternal mortality from a ratio of around 1600 to 327 almost in ten years”.

Minister Dalil also expressed her viewpoint about the post 2015 agenda. She said: “The post 2015 reminds us that the planet is the home to all of us and that our goals in tackling diseases, protecting the environment and making it safe, ensuring prosperity and healthy future for our children and human safety and security are all interconnected.”

Polio eradication and the Afghanistan Health and Nutrition Policy 2012-2020 were other issues that Minister Dalil talked about in her statement.

On the sideline of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly, Afghan Delegation had bilateral meetings with Delegation of the Republic of Turkey, Belarus, Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of India, and the Republic of Tajikistan and also with Director General of WHO, Global Fund, GAVI Alliance, ICEC, IFRC and MSF. The meetings discussed bilateral and multilateral health-related issues among the parties.