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Cuba supports health systems based on primary care

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Cuba supports health systems based on primary care

Havana, May 21 (Prensa Latina) Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal on Friday ratified the need to create resilient health systems based on primary health care.
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Speaking virtually at the Meeting of Ministers of Health of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the first event in the context of the 75th World Assembly of that sector, the Cuban minister advocated saving lives, recovering and sustaining the progress made before the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Complementing each other, sharing what we have, supporting each other, learning from successful experiences is the most effective way to face this immense challenge and maintain our commitment not to leave anyone behind,” the minister noted.

He also thanked Azerbaijan for organizing this NAM meeting and ratified Cuba’s presence in the 75th World Health Assembly, scheduled from May 22 to 28.

It will be the first face-to-face meeting since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, under the slogan “Health for peace, peace for health.”

A series of strategic round tables will be held and delegates from the Assembly, partner agencies, as well as civil society representatives and World Health Organization (WHO) experts will discuss current and future priorities on public health issues.

The World Health Assembly is the WHO decision-making body, which is attended by all member States of that United Nations agency, and it focuses on the health program prepared by the Executive Council.

Its main functions are to determine the policies of the organization, appoint the Director General, supervise financial strategies, in addition to reviewing and adopting the proposed program budget.

The Health Assembly is held once a year in Geneva, Switzerland.

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