139th Ex­ec­u­tive Board (EB) of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO)

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The 139th Ex­ec­u­tive Board (EB) of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) from 30-31 May 2016 at Geneva, Switzer­land has ended suc­cess­fully. The board is the sec­ond high­est gov­ern­ing body of the WHO. The first is the World Health Assem­bly.

The Board has rep- re­sen­ta­tive from 34 mem­ber states of WHO. From the South East Asia Re­gion, Bhutan along with Nepal and Thai­land is rep­re­sent­ing the eleven mem­ber states of the re­gion to the ex­ec­u­tive board. Bhutan’s term to the EB has com­menced from May 2016 and will con­tinue its term for three years. The mem­ber­ship to the EB is reached on a ro­ta­tion ba­sis among the mem­ber states of each re­gion of WHO.

The heath min­is­ter from Bhutan Lyon-po Tandin Wangchuk is nom­i­nated as the mem­ber to the EB from Bhutan. The meet­ing will dis­cussed tech­ni­cal, man­age­ment and fi­nan­cial and staff mat­ters. The tech­ni­cal mat­ters in­cluded de­men­tia, health and cli­mate change, im­prov­ing ac­cess to as­sis­tive tech­nol­ogy, ac­tion plan for deaf­ness and hear­ing loss; up­date on the eleventh re­vi­sion of in­ter­na­tional sta­tis­ti­cal classi- fi­ca­tion of dis­eases and re­lated health prob­lems (ICD) and use of mo­bile wire­less tech­nolo­gies for pub­lic health. This meet­ing also dis­cussed and agreed on the process, in­clud­ing the dates for can­di­date’s fo­rum, for nom­i­na­tion of can­di­date for the post of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of WHO.

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