The health ministers from elevan countries of World Health Organization's (WHO) South-East Asia Region will meet in New Delhi from September 10 to 13 to discuss key health issues facing the Region.
The 31st meeting of health ministers of the region will be held on September 10. The meeting, a forum for exchange of national experiences on the political, social and economic dimensions of health, is being hosted by union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
This will be followed by the 66th session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia. The Regional Committee is a statutory body comprising the member countries and meets once a year to review progress and regional implications of the World Health Assembly decisions and to map the way forward.
Dr Margaret Chan, WHO director-general, and Dr Samlee Plianbangchang, WHO regional director for South-East Asia, will be present with their team of senior advisers at both meetings. The meeting of ministers will discuss ways to address this leading risk factor for mortality in the Region. The ministers are expected to adopt the ‘New Delhi Declaration on High Blood Pressure'.
The Regional Committee Meeting will include discussion on key technical issues, including Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The goal of universal health coverage is to ensure that all people obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship when paying for them.