The JAF 17 exhibition on onchocerciasis (river blindness) control efforts in Africa was inaugurated by H.E Sheikh Sabah Khaled AlHamad AlSabah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Kuwait Fund in the presence of ministers of health, donors, NGDOs, other partners and invited guests.

Located in the Regional Office, the WHO Kuwait desk officer works with the Government and health authorities to strengthen national health services, address public health issues, and support and promote research for health.
The desk officer assembles and coordinates the support of all technical, administrative and financial capabilities in the Regional Office to support the Government of Kuwait at its request.

The Kuwait desk officer supports the Government in comprehensive reviews of the country's situation and needs; policy analysis; formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies for health for all; development of the national health system, bringing science and technology to bear on health development; and cooperative planning of programmes in which WHO is involved.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 4184
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 5.8
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 4
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.2
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 74.8

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

Kuwait country health profile

Regional Health Observatory