THE newly-appointed Minister for Health, the Hon. Dickson Mua, has lead a delegation of officials from Solomon Islands this week to participate in the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Minister will be joined at the forum by senior health officials from Solomon Islands and the 194 Member States of the World Health Organization, including the new Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Mrs Pauline McNeil.
“I am humbled to be leading the Solomon Islands delegation, continuing our participation that started in 1983 when we became a Member State,” Minister Mua said.
“WHO is the world’s lead agency for international health, leading our collective efforts to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere.”
“Nowhere is this more true than in Solomon Islands where WHO is one of our most important partners in health and a trusted ally to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.”
Minister Mua said the Solomon Islands delegation would be advocating for a continued focus on proven, low-cost strategies to improve population health.
“This is a chance for us to showcase to the rest of the world the Role Delineation Policy, the Malaria Elimination Roadmap, and the Noncommunicable Disease Roadmap, effective domestic strategies which the WHO is currently supporting.”
“We will also be advocating for strategies to target challenges to the health of Solomon Islands like cross-border health security, emergency preparedness and response, rising noncommunicable disease, poor diet and nutrition, and availability and access to essential medicines.”
While attending the Assembly, the Solomon Islands delegation will also be meeting the new Regional Director of the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office, Dr Takeshi Kasai, and senior officials from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
WHO Representative to Solomon Islands, Dr Sevil Huseynova, said that the World Health Assembly is the flagship event on WHO’s annual calendar and one of the most important events in global health. It is at the World Health Assembly that WHO’s work is reviewed and new goals and priorities are set.
“The World Health Assembly is a chance for Solomon Islands to shape WHO’s priorities and work. Equally, it is a chance for WHO to reaffirm its commitment to working closely on the ground with the Solomon Islands Government to improve the health of Solomon Islands.”
The World Health Assembly is held annually and will take place from 20 to 28 May 2019.