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WHO’s Regional Director presents roadmap for WHO’s work in the Eastern Mediterranean Region


Geneva, 23 May 2017 – The Seventieth World Health Assembly (WHA) opened yesterday in Geneva, Switzerland, and will take place until 31 May 2017. The Health Assembly is being attended by nearly 4000 delegates from WHO’s 194 Member States and partner organizations and is WHO’s highest decision-making body, setting out organizational policy and approving the proposed programme budget. This year, an election will take place for a new WHO Director-General, who will take office for a term of 5 years starting on 1 July 2017. 

Technical issues to be discussed at this year's Health Assembly include: approval of the 2018–2019 Programme Budget, health emergency response, poliomyelitis, antimicrobial resistance, pandemic influenza preparedness, access to medicines and vaccines and implementation of the “Global Vaccine Action Plan”, health of refugees and migrants, global vector control response, noncommunicable diseases, and health throughout the life-course. 

During a side meeting organized by the WHO Regional Office on 21 May 2017, Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, presented to delegates from the Region a roadmap of WHO’s work for the Eastern Mediterranean Region for 2017–2021. It translates the vision of the WHO Regional Director into a set of strategic actions to guide WHO’s work with Member States.

Some of the strategic directions and priorities identified in the roadmap include: