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The delegation of the Republic of Moldova participated at the 70th World Health Assembl

The delegation of the Republic of Moldova, led by the Minister of Health Dr. Ruxanda Glavan, participated at the 70th World Health Assembly(WHA) which took place in Geneva from 22nd to 31st of May 2017.

In her national statement, Minister Glavan emphasized the importance of SDGs implementation, reiterating the Government’s commitment to align national policies and strategies with the indicators established in the 2030 Agenda. The head of delegation further presented the progress achieved by the Republic of Moldova in ensuring access to medicines and vaccines, the fight against tobacco and the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Additionally, Dr. Glavan delivered a speech in her capacity as President of the South-East Europe Health Network (SEEHN), presenting, on behalf of the nine member states of the SEEHN, the commitments assumed by the ministers of health during the high-level ministerial forum that has taken place in Chișinău, commitments inscribed in the “Chișinău Pledge”.

This year’s session of the World Health Assembly was special due to the election of Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, former minister of health and minister of foreign affairs of Ethiopia, as the Director-General of the organization for a mandate of five years. On this occasion, the delegation of the Republic of Moldova congratulated the new director, stressing the important mission entrusted to him: to transform the organization into a global leader in health policies.

On the margins of the WHA, Ruxanda Glavan had meetings with the ministers of health from Germany, Belarus and Turkey, with whom she discussed the prospects for further developing bilateral cooperation in the area of health. Furthermore, minister Glavan met the Director of the Regional Office for Europe of the WHO, the representatives of the Global Fund on fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, as well as representatives of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI).

The 70th World Health Assembly closed on 31st of May after nine days of sessions that resulted in the adoption of series of resolutions aimed at advancing the organization and member states’ efforts to implement global health policies. The delegation of the Republic of Moldova aligned to seven joint statements of the EU and co-sponsored two side events - first on transforming health system and the second on global actions aimed at the elimination of discrimination in health sector.