The other day in Geneva, the 71st session of the World Health Assembly, the highest decision-making body in the World Health Organization (WHO) and determining the overall policy directions of the organization, has successfully concluded its work. The agenda included modern challenges in public health, the fight against infectious and non-communicable diseases, and the improvement of healthcare systems that will contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals.

In the fields of the 71st session, the Minister of Health of Uzbekistan Adham Shadmanov held a number of important negotiations. During the meeting with Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom, the head of the Uzbek ministry presented information on the measures being taken in the country aimed at improving the level of provision of medical services to the population, as well as normative acts, plans and programs adopted and developed in the healthcare sphere.

In Uzbekistan, decrees and resolutions have been adopted to improve the system of counteracting the spread of acute respiratory infections; prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases; emergency medical care. For these purposes, significant funds are allocated from the State Budget, the volume of which has increased manifold in recent years.

Such success within a short period, according to the head of WHO, would not have been possible without a firm political will and direct involvement of the head of state. In this context, Tedros Adhanom expressed readiness to actively promote the development of comprehensive cooperation between the World Health Organization and Uzbekistan.

The Director-General announced plans to visit Uzbekistan in October this year: “The absolutely new atmosphere in the government policy in the field of health protection, observed in Uzbekistan, cannot but rejoice. Over the past year, I met several times with Uzbek delegations at various venues and received quite impressive information. I look forward to the opportunity to visit the country in October this year and see firsthand one of the most ambitious national programs for reforming the healthcare system.”

Another landmark meeting took place within the framework of the WHO session. The delegation of Uzbekistan held talks with the head of the WHO Europe Regional Office (ERO), Zsuzsanna Jakab. The Hungarian specialist with vast professional experience and many years leading an important European office of WHO stressed the high degree of effectiveness of measures taken in Uzbekistan, the increased openness of the country and constructive relations with WHO. In her opinion, the Concept of Development of the Healthcare System of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2019-2029 deserves special attention from the point of view of expert, legal and technical evaluation. “In the process of developing and implementing this important document, WHO/Europe is ready to provide consultative assistance by inviting experts with experience in designing national health development programs,” the Director of ERO confirmed.

The results of the comprehensive work carried out by the Uzbek side in conjunction with WHO will be discussed during the visit of Jakab to Uzbekistan, which the parties agreed to organize during the talks. In addition, the Director of ERO invited the representatives of Uzbekistan to take part in the events planned for this year in Estonia, the Netherlands, the United States and Italy, and devoted to the role of healthcare in ensuring prosperity, addressing the problems of AIDS and tuberculosis.