Kenya Attends 72nd World Health Assembly

The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has joined world leaders for the opening ceremony of the World Health Organization’s 72nd World Health Assembly set to take place on 20-28 May 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.

Taking to her official Twitter account Mrs Kenyatta said that WHO through Director General Dr Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyesus recognized Kenya as a leading crusader of Universal Health Care Coverage.

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is attended by delegations from all WHO member states and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.

The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the organization, appoint the director-general, supervise financial policies, as well as review and approve the proposed programme budget.

This year’s event, which is being held under the motto “Leave no one behind, make Universal Health Coverage a reality”, is due to review issues linked to the importance of public health, current state of the WHO budget, raising of funds and adoptions of decisions and projects resolutions directed by the 144th session of the World Health Organization Executive Council.

Kenya’s delegation that attended the function also included the Cabinet Secretary for Health Sicily Kariuki.

Besides the World Health Assembly, the First Lady also flagged off the “Walk the Talk” run organized by the World Health Organization which took place on Sunday.

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