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Nation to host WHO summit

Update: September, 19/2012 - 10:23

HA NOI (VNS)— Serious health challenges facing the Western Pacific region will top the agenda when leaders gather for the 63rd regional meeting of the World Health Organisation (WHO) next Monday in Ha Noi.

WHO regional director for the Western Pacific Shin Young-soo said in a press release yesterday: "It will be a critical week, one in which we will discuss the serious public health challenges that confront the Western Pacific Region and reach a consensus on how to proceed in the coming year."

Shin will report to the sixty-third session of the Regional Committee for the Western Pacific on how WHO has fared in the delivery of its health programmes to countries in the Region.

At the 6-day event, health ministers and experts from 37 countries and territories focus on areas such as non communicable diseases, tobacco control, neglected tropical diseases, malaria and artemisinin resistance, nutrition, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

The event will also review the WHO's work over the past year and the direction it must take to improve the health and well-being of people in the region.

As the host country, Viet Nam will organise a high ranking forum on health insurance with the aim of increasing health insurance uptake in communities. — VNS

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