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Pandemic, essential health services to dominate WHO South-East Asia Region meet

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Scheduled for September 9-10, some countries will be felicitated for recent public health achievements as well

Health Ministers from the 11 member countries of the WHO South East Asia Region will discuss measures to curtail the outbreak, ways to maintain essential health services and transition to the ‘new normal’ during the upcoming 73rd Regional Committee Session of WHO South-East Asia on September 9-10.

The mid-term review of progress, challenges, capacities and opportunities for the decade of health workforce strengthening 2015-2024; and annual report on monitoring progress on universal health coverage and health related Sustainable Development Goals, are among the agenda of the session. Some countries will be felicitated for recent public health achievements as well.

Being held virtually for the first time and hosted by Thailand, the meet will see participation from WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom, Regional Director for WHO South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, health ministers and senior health officials of the 11 member countries of the Region, UN agencies, partners, donors and civil society representatives.

India, along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Timor-Leste are the 11 member countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region

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