Major WHO regional meeting slated in Manila

News release

WHO/R. Serrano

The World Health Organization’s governing body in the Western Pacific will meet in Manila from 21 to 25 October to nominate the Regional Director, to review WHO’s work over the past year and to decide on measures the Organization will take to help address the health and well-being of the Region’s people.

Dr Shin Young-soo, WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific, will report to the sixty-fourth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific on WHO’s performance in delivering its health programmes to the countries and areas of the Region.

Among the issues for discussion will be blindness prevention, ageing and health, hepatitis B control, noncommunicable diseases, health systems strategies, the Millennium Development Goals on maternal and child health, the prevention and treatment of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, the International Health Regulations, tuberculosis prevention and control, immunization and resistance to the frontline anti-malaria drug artemisinin.

The Regional Committee is comprised of representatives of the Region’s 37 countries and areas. Among those expected to attend are WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, regional health ministers and other senior health officials and experts.

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Mr Ruel E. Serrano
Assistant, Public Information Office
Telephone: +632 528 8001