Monday, May 21, 2012

Equatorial Guinea Participates in 65th World Health Assembly

Participation reflects government's commitment to Horizon 2020 development plan

Equatorial Guinea will participate in the annual 65th World Health Assembly, which will be held at the Palais de Nations in Geneva from May 21st through the 26th.

This year’s assembly will focus primarily on public health issues such as universal health care, the Millennium Development Goals and noncommunicable diseases. In addition, the Health Assembly will address reform and development within the World Health Organization.

Equatorial Guinea’s delegation will be led by Salomon Nguema Owono, the Third Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare in the Social and Human rights Sector. Thérèse Aya N’Dri Yoman, Minister of Health and AIDS Control in the Republic of Ivory Coast, and Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway and former Chief of Staff of the Director General of the WHO, will also attend the Health Assembly.

Equatorial Guinea’s participation in the 65th World Health Assembly is an indicator of the government’s commitment to meet the goals of the Horizon 2020 development plan set by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo. Equatorial Guinea has heavily invested in its public health sector and contributed to international efforts to improve public health, particularly in Africa. The government donated $15.8 million to reduce malaria in children last May 2011. In 2010, the government donated $1.5 million and a headquarters facility to the World Health Organization to support research for global health.

Equatorial Guinea has also provided technical assistance to the local United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to improve the effectiveness of its assistance program and has implemented a host of health programs geared toward improving the health of Equatorial Guineans. Basic health indicators such as rates of infant and child mortality have beenimproving steadily in the country, and the government is widely recognized for its efforts to eradicate malaria.