Pakistan recently received a great honor of being elected as the chair of the World Health Organisation Executive Board on Friday in Geneva. Director General Health, Dr. Asad Hafeez assumed the office.
The group of elite members consists of 34 members. This group of people is considered the Highest ranking officials in the Health Policy. Pakistan was elected as chair during the 14th session on 1st June. Pakistan having 22 votes in favor, was elected as chair.
WHO’s executive group meets twice a year. The annual board meeting is held in January. The agenda for the World Health Assembly is pre-agreed upon and a second meeting is held in May right after the Health Assembly.
The executive board is to advise and facilitate the World Health Assembly which consists of 194 member countries. The board gives the final go on the decisions and policies made by the Health Assembly.
The election at the WHO is a two stage process. The first one is held at the regional level. The final stage is at a global level.
Pakistan was initially elected by a group consisting 22 countries, which makes up the Eastern Mediterranean Region and then was elected at the global forum.
Saira Afzal Tarar, Minister for National Health Services congratulated the nation and called it a great honor for the country.
She highlighted Pakistan’s key role in the Global Health Department and also said that Pakistan has been chosen to hold the prestigious regional conference of the health ministers in October. This meeting will comprise of 22 countries form South Asia, Middle East, West Asia and North Africa.
Pakistan severed as the vice chair of the executive board and is currently the member of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation.