First Lady Margaret Kenyatta is scheduled to address the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization’s, (WHO) World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
The World Health Assembly is the largest meeting of health policymakers and actors drawn from across the world, where major decisions on health are made and experiences shared.
Dr Cleopa Mailu, Kenya’s Ambassador to Switzerland revealed that Mrs Kenyatta will be the Chief Guest at the “Walk the Talk” run organized by the WHO which will take place on Sunday.
“She is invited to participate as a keynote speaker to tell the world what she has done and to share her experiences in our country so that others can have some lessons to learn from our First Lady,” Amb. Mailu said.
“As you know, Her Excellency the First Lady has been doing marathons. She has also been spearheading the Beyond Zero Initiative which has become a brand in the world on how First Ladies can advance the cause and health of the citizens of a country,” Amb. Mailu said.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly which kicks off on Monday, May 20. pic.twitter.com/pWeAaIIY9m
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) May 18, 2019
Amb. Mailu added that First Lady Margaret Kenyatta will lead several global dignitaries during the “Walk the Talk” event whose purpose is to create awareness throughout the world on the benefits of healthy living especially in the protection of life, prevention of sicknesses and avoidance lifestyle diseases among populations.
“Universal Health Coverage, which is the theme of this year’s World Health Assembly, fits well with the Kenya Government’s Big 4 Agenda,” Amb. Mailu said, adding that the WHO meeting will help enrich efforts by Kenya to attain her ambitious UHC goals.
On 19th May, I will participate in the Walk the Talk event in Geneva organized by @WHO. Walk the Talk aims at promoting health, particularly physical activity as part of a healthy sustainable future. Physical activity is the bedrock of healthy living that prevents many illnesses.
— The First Lady Kenya (@FirstLadyKenya) May 17, 2019
Amb. Mailu said adolescent health fits well with the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Initiative which has fashioned new innovative structures of health delivery and strengthened existing ones.
The First Lady has also been invited to the UNAIDS headquarters in Geneva where she will give a keynote address on the elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission (eMTCT) of HIV.
“The take-home message is that the First Lady’s visit to Geneva is placing Kenya on the global arena as far as matters health are concerned,” Amb. Mailu said.
Here is Dr Mailu’s video: