Updated on 3 September 2015
WHO experts and officials from health ministries of member countries will be present for the event
Singapore:The World Health Organization recently announced that health ministers from 11 Southeast Asian nations are scheduled to hold meetings in Dili, Timor Leste from September 7 to 11 to set health priorities and discuss the health agenda for the region.
The discussions will mainly include efforts to strengthen the response to emergencies and outbreaks and to build capacities under the 2005 International Health Regulation (IHR), in wake of calamities like the Nepal quake and the spread of MERS.
WHO said in a statement that among the topics to be discussed in the meeting would be accelerating efforts to protect people against tobacco, advocating for health in the post-2015 Global Sustainable Development Goals and expanding effective services with stronger health workforce.
Prime Minister of Timor Leste, Mr Rui Maria de Araujo will inaugurate the meeting. WHO said in a statement that key officials like WHO Southeast Asia regional director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO experts and officials from health ministries of member countries will be present for the event.
"Eliminating neglected tropical diseases, such as kala-azar, leprosy, yaws, filariasis and schistosomiasis, adapting and implementing a strategy to end TB, finding way forward for preventing and controlling cancer and sustainable universal health coverage will be other areas of focus at the meeting," said WHO.