UHC Ministerial Regional Meeting to Begin Tomorrow

Salalah, Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq al-Said, Deputy

Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs,

Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan will patronise at the

Sultan Qaboos Youth Complex for Culture and Entertainment in

Salalah tomorrow (Monday) over the opening ceremony of the

Ministerial Regional Meeting “The Road to Universal Health Coverage

(UHC) in the Eastern-Mediterranean Region (EMR)”.

Dr. Ahmed al-Mandhari, WHO-EMR Regional Director, and Dr.

Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Sa’eedi, Minister of Health along with Dr.

Naoko Yamamoto, UHC Assistant Director-General and Health Systems

at the WHO will deliver the key speeches.

A video message of Dr. Tedros Adanom, WHO Director-General

will be displayed during the ceremony.

The Meeting will touch on the non-communicable diseases in

the context of Universal Health Coverage.

The Meeting is organised by the Regional Office of the World

Health Organization (WHO) for the Eastern Mediterranean, in

cooperation with the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Around (22) EMR countries represented by the ministers of

health, a number of high-level officials from the financial and

parliament sectors, consultants, advisors and experts, as well as

several national health institutions will take part in the Regional


The Ministerial Meeting is one of the important meetings at the

international level as it follows the WHO. The issues, which will be

discussed during the Meeting, are very important and related to the

Universal Health Coverage. The Meeting gathers senior health leaders,

policymakers, national health systems officials in the EMR countries

along with local, regional and international participants.

The Meeting aims to assess the regional situation and, share

successful international and regional experiences in advancement

towards UHC with regional leaders and policymakers responsible for

national health systems. The Meeting will draw upon the best global

practices and knowledge. It is hoped that a stronger commitment to

develop and implement roadmaps for tangibly advancing on UHC in

the region will be declared during the Meeting.

The Ministerial Meeting seeks to achieve several objectives that

include introduction to policymakers most up-to-date knowledge and

thinking on health systems, Universal Health Coverage and

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and sharing global best

practices in effectively advancing UHC through health system


The Meeting’s key expected results are signing the UHC2030

global compact by all WHO Member States in the Region, as well as

understanding the most up-to-date knowledge and thinking on health

systems, Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development


The agenda of the Meeting contains a number of scientific

sessions, where the second day (Tuesday) will touch on the right to

health, human capabilities and health justice, macroeconomic policy

and health financing for achieving the UHC. Furthermore, it will discuss

defining and delivering the Universal Health Coverage priority benefit

package, addressing the health services for mother and children, non-

communicable and communicable diseases in the context of UHC, in

addition to a high-level discussion on the national experiences in the

Eastern-Mediterranean Region.

In the last day (Wednesday), the Meeting’s sessions will include

health security and Universal Health Coverage, promoting the inclusive

national health systems for migrants and host communities along with

monitoring Universal Health Coverage, as well as a high-level panel

discussion on national experiences in advancing towards UHC in the

emergency context and another panel discussion on the partnerships

for Universal Health Coverage.

In view of the importance of this event, the Ministry of Health has

prepared early and provided the adequate support for the participants

in collaboration with the concerned authorities. A main committee with

subcommittees and teams that responsible for the organisational,

administrative and media issues have been formed.

The Universal Health Coverage means to ensure that all people

obtain the health services they need without suffering financial


Countries that invest in UHC make a sound investment in their

human capital. In recent decades, the UHC has emerged as a key

strategy to make progress towards other health-related and broader

development goals. Access to essential quality care and financial

protection not only enhances people’s health and life expectancy, it

also protects countries from epidemics, reduces poverty and the risk of

hunger, creates jobs, drives economic growth and enhances gender


In pursuance of the Framework for Action on Advancing Universal

Health Coverage in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, the WHO

Regional Office holds the ministerial-level regional meeting on UHC to

recommit itself to this goal, and support the member states in

developing their visions and implementing national roadmaps for

strengthening their health systems towards UHC.

Source: Oman News Agency