Cabinet Secretary for Health attends the 70th World Health Assembly which will elect a new world Health Organization Director General  

Geneva, Switzerland, May 202017 – The Cabinet Secretary for Health began a week-long official visit to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 70th World Health Assembly, an annual meeting of 194 WHO Member States, which is scheduled to be held at the UN Headquarters Geneva from 22nd to 31st May 2017. The theme of this year’s Assembly is Advancing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development: Building Better Systems for Health. The Kenyan delegation will comprise of officials from the Council of Governors, the National Assembly, the Senate and the Ministry of Health.

 On Saturday 20th May, 2017, the Cabinet Secretary led the Kenyan delegation in participating in the WHO African Group Health Ministers meeting and the African Union Health Ministers meeting to discuss key health issues affecting the region

 The Health Ministers received briefings on the ongoing Ebola Outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in addition to other outbreaks. The Minsters were also briefed by the African Union on the establishment of the African CDC. Kenya is one of the 5 countries that are hosting the African CDC regional collaborating centre. The fight against Antimicrobial resistance was also discussed and Kenya was lauded as being one of 3 African countries that has put in place a National Action plan against AMR. Other agenda items discussed include: the next WHO programme budget for the period 2018-2019; the process of the election of the next Director General of the World Health Organisation and an update of the African Candidate vying for the post; Polio eradication and transition planning; Health systems strengthening; human resources for Health and the Global vaccine action plan.

 It is anticipated that the Ministers will convene meetings to discuss the Addis Ababa declaration on immunization, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and Neglected Tropical Diseases.