Kuwait condones “global health diplomacy” — Min.

CAIRO, May 7 (KUNA) — Kuwait’s Minister of Health Dr. Ali Al-Obaidi stressed on Saturday Kuwait’s eagerness to support development programs aimed at highlighting the importance of WHO-sponsored “global health diplomacy.” Addressing a forum on global health diplomacy (GHD), organized by the regional east Mediterranean bureau of WHO, Dr. Al-Obaidi said Kuwait realizes the merits of GHD and works with WHO to promote these merits in international arenas and forums.
Recognizing the validity of GHD, he said Kuwait has launched the prize of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for excellence in scientific research into geriatric care and another prize for research into heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
In fact, he said this year’s prize in geriatric research will go to Dr. Michael Novak from Slovenia for his work on the disease of Alzheimer’s. Dr. Novak will receive the Kuwaiti accolade in Geneva.
Dr. Al-Obaidi indicated in his speech at the forum the progress GHD has achieved over the past few years linking local health issues with regional and international ones. This notion of linking health with foreign policy (which is the core of GHD) started in 2012 and has become an annual event since then bringing together more than 70 people at meetings and forums, including ministers of health, foreign ministry officials, ambassadors, lawmakers, and representatives of missions at the UN.
Global health diplomacy combines the disciplines of public health, international affairs, management, law, and economics and focuses on negotiations that shape and manage the global policy environment for health. The relationship between health, foreign policy and trade is at the cutting edge of global health diplomacy.
The ultimate goal of GHD is to support the development of a more systematic and pro-active approach to identify and understand key current and future changes impacting global public health and to build capacity among Member States of the WHO to support the necessary collective action to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate the risks for health epidemics. (end) msh.ajs

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