WHO to hold major regional meeting in Viet Nam

WHO Media Advisory

The World Health Organization's (WHO) governing body in the Western Pacific will meet here from 24 to 28 September to review WHO's work over the past year and the direction WHO needs to take to address the health and well-being of people in the Region.

Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, 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.

"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," Dr Shin says.

High on the agenda will be nutrition. Other key issues up for discussion will include health financing, healthy settings, measles elimination, the health-related Millennium Development Goals, noncommunicable diseases, violence and injury prevention, tobacco control, neglected tropical diseases, malaria and artemisinin resistance, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in the Region.

The Regional Committee, composed of representatives from the Region's 37 countries and areas, meets annually to review WHO's programmes and activities in the Region. WHO health experts will attend as well as ministers of health.

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, who was recently elected to her second term in office, will speak by means of a pre-recorded video statement.