The 72nd Session of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Health Assembly kicked off on Monday with the participation of a delegation from Qatar chaired by HE the Minister of Public Health Dr Hanan Mohamed al-Kuwari.
World Health Assembly has identified the main theme of its meetings, which will continue until 28 May, as health for all.
The meetings will discuss the topics of providing primary healthcare to achieve universal health coverage.
In addition, the meetings will discuss community healthy workers, as well as the preparations of the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on comprehensive health coverage and the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan.
The meetings will also discuss public health emergency preparedness and response, where the report of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme will be discussed as well as the WHO's work in health emergencies and International Health Regulations (2005).
The meetings will also discuss the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, WHO reform processes, including the transformation agenda, and implementation of United Nations development system reform, multilingualism and agreements with intergovernmental organisations.
It will also discuss health, environment and climate change, address the global shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines, follow-up to the high-level meetings of the United Nations General Assembly on health related issues: antimicrobial resistance, prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases and ending tuberculosis.
It will discuss other technical matters such as pandemic influenza preparedness framework for the sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits, member state mechanism on substandard and falsified medical products, human resources for health, promoting the health of refugees and migrants, global action on patient safety, water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare facilities, smallpox eradication: destruction of variola virus stocks, 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases.
The meetings of the 52nd ordinary session of the Council of Arab Ministers of Health and its executive office were held on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly with the participation of the State of Qatar.
The meeting discussed a number of important topics, most prominently the Arab Board of Health Specialisations, the health conditions of the people in the State of Palestine, the unified word of the Council of Arab Ministers of Health to the 72nd Session of the WHO's World Health Assembly.
As well as the Arab strategy on providing public health services in the context of asylum and displacement in the Arab region, in addition to the formation of the Arab doctor award committee and the formation of the executive office of the Council of Arab Ministers of Health.