More than 400 health ministers and high-level policy-makers, representing 53 countries, have gathered in Rome for the 68th annual meeting of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Committee for Europe.
Among the key items on the agenda this year is a new strategy for men’s health and well-being. While male life expectancy has improved in the region, men’s risk of dying before the age 45 years is five times greater in some countries in the eastern part of the region than in the western part. The Committee will consider new health policies that meet men's specific health needs and tackle widespread inequalities among and within countries.
Findings from the newly published European Health Report will also be discussed as well as issues such as migration and health, vector-borne diseases, health-financing and other issues.
“The decisions that will be taken at the Regional Committee meeting in Rome will help us streamline our efforts to work smarter, for quicker results. They will support the region’s ministers of health in stepping up their work with the highest levels of government, and with all our other partners to ensure that health is firmly placed high on political agendas,” says Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
The meeting continues until September 20.