The State of Qatar attended the opening session of the 75th World Health Assembly, which is being held in Geneva from May 22 to 28 under the theme “Health for Peace, Peace for Health.” Qatar’s team was led by Minister of Public Health HE Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari.

The World Health Assembly’s 75th session this year will focus on a number of key issues, including the need for a paradigm shift in healthcare toward prevention and promotion in order to achieve universal healthcare coverage, as well as a new approach to health emergency preparedness, response, and resilience: health economics for all.

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, spoke about how the outbreak has thrown everything into disarray and how hard health professionals have worked in the midst of it all. He cautioned that the pandemic was far from over and that more should be done to assist countries with poor vaccination rates.

HE Dr. Hanan Mohammed Al Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Public Health, will attend key sessions and contribute to decision-making on health goals and strategies throughout the 75th World Health Assembly in order to guide countries’ public health efforts and the work of the WHO Secretariat toward better health and well-being for all.

Separate meetings were held on the sidelines of the 57th World Health Assembly with Algeria’s Minister of Health, H E Abdel Rahman Bin Bouzid, Egypt’s Acting Minister of Health and Population, H E Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Lebanon’s Minister of Public Health, H E Dr. Firas Al Abiad, and Iran’s Minister of Health, H E Bahram Eynollahi.

The discussions focused on Qatar’s bilateral health partnerships with Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, and Iran, as well as major healthcare priorities in the region and around the world, as well as measures to improve healthcare services for all people.

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