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Vietnam contributes actively to WHO Executive Board

A delegation led by Vietnam Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien has attended the 140th session of the WHO Executive Board in Geneva as an official member representing 37 member states in the Western Pacific in the 2016-2019 term.
The executive board has shorlisted 3 candidates to be selected as the WHO Director General this May. Delegates also discussed the preparation and monitoring in epidemic responses, contangious diseases, financial and administrative issues. The Vietnamese Health Minister gave opinions on global and regional health issues.
She met the WHO Chief of anti-tuberculosis program to review Vietnam’s and the world’s strategy to eradicate tuberculosis.
Tien has been invited to share Vietnam’s experience and success lessons on tuberculosis (TB) prevention at a WHO global conference on the fight against TB in Moscow, Russia, this November.
The invitation was made by Mario Raviglione, Director of the Global TB Programme at the WHO, at a meeting with Tien on the sidelines of a session of the WHO Executive Board, of which Vietnam has been a member since 2016, in Geneva on January 24.
Vietnam, as one of the countries implementing a national TB control programme, has closely liaised with the WHO and the Global TB Programme. Both side are expected to host a policy dialogue on TB and multidrug-resistant TB within the framework of the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting slated for August this year.
The dialogue is set to focus on enhancing the fight against TB and multidrug-resistant TB in the APEC economies.