Zimbabwe elected into the World Health Organisation Assembly

by | May 27, 2021 | COVID 19, International, Local News | 0 comments

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Zimbabwe has been elected into the General Committee of the World Health Assembly, a key decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The Assembly decides on the policy of United Nations health agency.

Speaking at yesterday`s Post Cabinet briefing, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa highlighted that Zimbabwe is now part of the World Health Assembly meaning Zimbabwe will now be able to take part at the annual Health Assembly.

“The main functions of the Assembly are to determine the policies of the WHO, to appoint the WHO Director General and to supervise financial policies, review and approve the proposed programme budget,” she said.

“Meanwhile, the 74th World Health Assembly commenced on May 24 and will run virtually until June 1. The theme of the Assembly is ‘Ending this Pandemic, Preventing the Next: Building Together a Healthier, Safer and Fairer World,” said Minister Mutsvangwa.

Normally the World Health Assembly is held in Geneva Switzerland where senior health officials from Member States meet to promote health and ease the burden of disease worldwide.

However this year it is being held virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The election into the General Committee comes at a time were the Ministry of Health and Child Care has been making headlines worldwide.

Recently Zimbabwe was ranked highly among countries that instituted better mitigatory measures against the Covid-19 pandemic by WHO.

This election is also a product of the effectiveness of Re-engagement and Engagement Policy that the Second Republic launched in accordance with Vision 2030 which has the aim to make Zimbabwe into middle class economy by year 2030.