The Maldives has been nominated to represent South Asia on the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board and its Programme, Budget, and Administration Committee (PBAC).
South Asian member countries made the decision during the 74th session of the WHO’s Regional Committee for South-East Asia.
The Maldives’ State Minister for Health, Dr Shah Mahir, as well as health ministers from 11 South Asian nations, special envoys, the WHO Director-General, and other top WHO officials from the region, attended the virtual four-day event.
During the meeting, the group made crucial decisions on regional health issues, such as committing to carry out the necessary measures to improve the region’s health sector and provide uninterrupted service during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, the group agreed on topics for South Asian countries to offer to the 75th World Health Assembly, such as an action plan to combat HIV, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the region.