KUALA LUMPUR (May 20): Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin will lead the Malaysian delegation to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the upcoming 75th World Health Assembly (WHA75), World Economic Forum (WEF) and the 151st Session of the Executive of the World Health Organization (WHO) Board (EB151) May 22-30.
In a statement issued on Friday, May 20, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said it was very important for Malaysia to participate in WHA75 and EB151 to ensure that the WHO takes due account of the public health policy of the country. country in making any decision.
In addition, Malaysia has the opportunity to articulate the country’s position in the development of the health sector at the national and international levels.
“The Malaysian delegation will also have the opportunity to hold consultations and discussions with other member countries in the interests of global health. Malaysia’s participation in this event shows the government’s consistency and commitment to international cooperation.
“Apart from enhancing the country’s image, this continued cooperation will translate into Malaysia’s efforts to develop a holistic health sector locally, as well as in the Western Pacific region,” the ministry said.
Khairy left for Geneva on the night of Thursday May 19, accompanied by Director General of Health Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah and senior officials from the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health informed that Khairy is expected to deliver Malaysia’s national statement during the public plenary session, which will address the WHA75 theme “Health for peace, peace for health” and several other aspects of health such as Covid-19 and the transition to endemicity, as well as the national health system.
Khairy was also invited as a guest speaker at the Behavioral Science Strategic Dialogue, a side event to WHA75.
“This invitation puts Malaysia at the forefront with other developing countries in terms of treatment, health care and digitization of health. It is also the best platform for Malaysia to realize its desire to lead and promote behavioral science, technology and innovation in promoting a healthier lifestyle,” the statement read. .
In the meantime, Khairy is also expected to respond to a special invitation from WEF President Børge Brende to the economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, May 24-25, before returning to Geneva for WHA75 and EB151.
The WHA, the main governing body of the WHO, is an annual event that brings together ministers of health, chief health officers and experts in the field, to build consensus on policy implementation, health care programs, direction, commitments and new strategies.