Marcelo Queiroga heads Brazilian mission at WHO event in Switzerland

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The Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, leads the Brazilian delegation that will participate in the 75th World Health Assembly, in Geneva (SUI), starting this Sunday (22). The main event led by the World Health Organization (WHO) until May 28 will be the first held in person since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the midst of debates on more than 70 topics, one of Queiroga’s priority topics will be the improvement of responses to global public health emergencies. He is due to speak in Geneva next Monday afternoon (23), and will participate in assembly votes on Tuesday (24).

Other matters of interest to the Brazilian Ministry of Health involve global strategies to combat diseases and the improvement and responses to public health emergencies, which also include discussions around the new treaty on pandemics and for the strengthening of the International Health Regulations, from 2005.

According to the ministry, the minister also participates in side events promoted by relevant international organizations in global health, such as the global health agencies UNITAID, Stop TB Partnership, and the World Heart Federation. Queiroga will also have agendas with ministers from other countries, representatives of Mercosur and the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP).

The World Health Assembly brings together, in addition to representatives of governments from different countries, experts from both WHO and civil society, to discuss current and future priorities for public health issues.

Among the main topics on the assembly’s radar is the strengthening of the WHO to respond to future health emergencies, in addition to the importance of supporting science, research, the search for technology and innovation to make the planet healthier.

Before the event, this Friday (20), the WHO will still publish the most recent edition of the world health statistics. The UN body annually compiles data from its 194 members to study trends in life expectancy, as well as causes of recorded deaths and progress towards achieving development goals in 2020.

Source: CNN Brasil

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