WHO RC de­lib­er­ated on build­ing health sys­tem re­silience to cli­mate change

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The sev­en­ti­eth ses­sion of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion re­gional com­mit­tee for South- East Asia de­lib­er­ated on build­ing health sys­tems re­silience to cli­mate change dur­ing the min­is­te­rial round ta­ble. To this ef­fect, the eleven mem­ber states Health Min­is­ters from WHO South-East Asian Re­gion adopted the Male dec­la­ra­tion and its cor­re­spond­ing frame­work for ac­tion in build­ing health sys­tems re­silience to cli­mate change in South-East Asia Re­gion 2017-2022.

Bhutan is rep­re­sented by Health Min­is­ter Tandin Wangchuk who is lead­ing a del­e­ga­tion for the sev­en­ti­eth ses­sion of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO) Re­gional Com­mit­tee for South-East Asia in Male, Mal­dives started last Wed­nes­day. The re­gional com­mit­tee for South – East Asia is the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s gov­ern­ing body in the South – East Re­gion, with rep­re­sen­ta­tion from all eleven mem­bers’ states of the re­gion.

The WHO re­gional com­mit­tee con­venes once ev­ery year to re­view and dis­cuss progress in the health de­vel­op­ment and pub­lic health issues im­por­tant to the re­gions, among oth­ers. The re­gional com­mit­tee also set pol­icy and ap­prove pro­gramme bud­get.

This sev­en­ti­eth ses­sion of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion re­gional com­mit­tee for south- East Asia de­lib­er­ated on build­ing health sys­tems re­silience to cli­mate change dur­ing the min­is­te­rial round ta­ble. To this ef­fect, the eleven mem­ber states Health Min­is­ters from WHO South-East Asian Re­gion adopted the Male dec­la­ra­tion and its cor­re­spond­ing frame­work for ac­tion in build­ing health sys­tems re­silience to cli­mate change in South-East Asia Re­gion 2017-2022.

These top­ics which are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in global health, such as im­prov­ing ac­cess to medicines, hep­ati­tis, ad­dress­ing the bur­den of TB, vec­tor­borne dis­eases and road safety.

The other is­sue is to strength­en­ing pri­mary health care and the health work­force, progress to­wards uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age as re­gion’s drive to achieve the sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goal for health.

The progress re­ports on se­lected Re­gional Com­mit­tee res­o­lu­tions in­clud­ing on ex­pand­ing the scope of the South – East Asia Re­gional Health Emer­gency Fund (SEARHEF), measles elim­i­na­tion and rubella/con­gen­i­tal rubella syn­drome con­trol; an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance and the South-East Asia re­gional ac­tion plan to im­ple­ment the global strat­egy to re­duce harm­ful use of al­co­hol.

On the 2nd day of 70th Ses­sion of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion Re­gional Com­mit­tee for South- East Asia, Mem­ber States from WHO South- East Re­gion signed Male dec­la­ra­tion on build­ing health sys­tem re­silience to cli­mate change in South Asia Re­gion. The Dec­la­ra­tion was signed dur­ing the Min­is­te­rial round ta­ble.

The Dec­la­ra­tion reaf­firms the com­mit­ment of the coun­tries in the South East Asia re­gion to tackle cli­mate change and health call for ac­tion on pro­tect­ing hu­man health cli­mate change in the South-East Asia Re­gion. Also dec­la­ra­tion rec­og­nizes the need to strengthen the ca­pac­ity and ef­fi­ciency of health sys­tems to be re­spon­sive, re­duce vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties and in­crease to cli­mate change and ex­treme weather events.

The dec­la­ra­tion is to be im­ple­mented through the frame­work for ac­tion in build­ing health sys­tem re­silience to cli­mate change in South Asia Re­gional 2017- 2022.

The dec­la­ra­tion and its Frame­work for ac­tion would con­trib­ute in achiev­ing SDG goal 13 to com­bat cli­mate change and to the 12th FYP NKRA 6- car­bon neu­tral, cli­mate and dis­as­ter re­silient de­vel­op­ment en­hanced.

The WHO re­gional com­mit­tee for South East Asia will end to­day.

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