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SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
Bringing Canada's perspective to global health challenges like maternal and child health
OTTAWA, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, will be in Geneva next week to participate in the 67th World Health Assembly (WHA). The WHA is an opportunity for World Health Organization Member States to discuss proposals to address global health challenges, review progress and share information.
Minister Ambrose will deliver a statement to the plenary on Monday, May 19, in which she will highlight Canada's developmental priorities, particularly maternal and child health.
Canada will also co-sponsor a number of resolutions at the WHA, including a proposal for a global plan of action that aims to strengthen the role of the health sector in addressing violence, particularly against women and children. Another resolution that Canada is co-sponsoring calls for a global action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) - a growing public health concern because it puts individuals at risk of treatment failure and can lead to the spread of infection.
While in Geneva, Minister Ambrose will also take the opportunity to meet with her international counterparts to discuss health issues and opportunities for working together in the future. Meetings will include:
"I look forward to working with my colleagues from the World Health
Organization and its Member States at the World Health Assembly to
explore how we can adapt and respond to global health challenges.
These health challenges are shared by many countries and can be best
tackled through collaborative, global and multisectoral approaches. I
am particularly looking forward to advancing our work on improving
maternal, newborn and child health."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
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