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Antigua and Barbuda represented at Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronda Sealy Thomas is representing Antigua and Barbuda at the World Health Assembly which opens today in Geneva, Switzerland.

At this session, the Health Assembly will discuss a number of public health issues such as universal health coverage, Millennium Development Goals, non-communicable diseases, mental disorders, nutrition and adolescent pregnancy.

Antigua and Barbuda will be pushing for advancements in health as outlined in the Port of Spain Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which currently causes almost two thirds of deaths worldwide.

Small states like Antigua and Barbuda are concerned with the rise in numbers of deaths from heart and lung disease, as well as diabetes and cancer which prompted the country’s first NCDs summit earlier this year.

This year’s World Health Assembly will review the progress made since that meeting and agree on a process going forward.

Work is currently underway to develop a global monitoring framework and a set of voluntary targets for the prevention and control of these diseases.

The nomination of Dr Margaret Chan to be WHO Director-General for a second term will also be submitted for approval.

The Health Assembly will also discuss the programme budget, administration and management matters of WHO.

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