Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Education and Scientific Research and Acting Minister of Health and Population, on Saturday morning opened the work of the fourth regular session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control, to be hosted by Egypt. from 4 to 5 June 2022 under the slogan “Strengthening health, social and economic security for the people of Africa”.
The session will be attended by the Ministers of Health of the African Union Member States, in the presence of a high-level delegation of the African Union Commission, representatives of the African Center for Disease Control and Epidemiology, and representatives of relevant international organizations and bodies, led by FAO, UNFPA, the Red Cross, UNICEF and representatives of the World Health Organization, with the aim of discussing and approving the outcomes of the committee’s meetings. At expert level it was held hypothetically from 30 May to June 1, 2022.
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar began his opening speech in his capacity as chair of the previous session of the Committee by welcoming all the participants from health representatives of the member states of the African Union and thanking them for their efforts in the fight against epidemics. diseases, emphasizing the support of the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population for the work of this committee, which seeks to create significant changes in the areas of health, social and economic security for the African continent.
The Minister emphasized the support of African countries for developing capabilities and capabilities in a way that contributes to the confrontation of epidemics and the damage caused by the spread of the Corona virus, in addition to providing all means of support to the African brothers in the field of combating communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases, and note that the Egyptian political will spared no effort to help brothers in African countries, by treating one million African citizens as part of the presidential initiative to treat one million Africans of Hepatitis C, under the slogan “100 million health.”
The Minister also emphasized the crucial role of cooperation and integration in the field of investment and the creation of a strong economic structure that will place people on the axis of economic and social development as well as health, with reference to the continuation of cooperation with the countries. of the African continent to meet challenges.
Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar explained that there are specific strategies that work to develop health systems and increase the effectiveness of the treatment and pharmaceutical system in the countries of the African continent by collaborating with international organizations and stakeholders responsible for creating of advanced health and pharmaceutical care. systems, which contribute to the creation of healthy environments for all the people of African countries. .
After concluding his speech, dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar handed over the presidency of the work of the fourth session to the President of the Republic of the Congo, Felix Tchisekedi, and wished him success in presiding over the work of the session, in a way that serves the purposes of the achieving health, social, economic and food security for people, to ensure the improvement of their public health.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Population, explained that the agenda of the fourth regular session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control includes the launch of a campaign to reduce maternal mortality rates in Africa to accelerate. , with a discussion of the assignment of the working groups concerned with maternal, newborn and child health, as well as an overview Draft report on the end of the decade of traditional medicine (2010-2020) as well as a discussion of General Africa position on AIDS.
Abdel Ghaffar added that it is scheduled to discuss a roadmap for the African Union’s Hepatitis Technical Working Group, in addition to discussing the concept of continental framework for combating and eliminating neglected tropical diseases in Africa by 2030, while the project of the Common African Position on Tropical Diseases Neglected, review of the legal framework for biosafety and biosecurity, in addition to the adoption of the legal framework and standards for infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities.
He said the field of nutrition received special attention during the work of the fourth regular session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control, where the draft report of the African Continental Union on nutrition and the draft continental report on the study of the cost of famine in Africa will be discussed, in addition to the discussion of the mandate of the African Working Group on the Development of Food and Nutrition.
Abdel Ghaffar added that the work of the fourth regular session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Health, Population and Drug Control places the population file at the top of its working priorities by examining the common African position on population and development, in addition to revising a memorandum of understanding regarding the review cycle of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development.
Hossam Abdel Ghaffar noted that the fourth regular session reviews the mid-term evaluation report on the implementation of the African Union Action Plan on Drug Control and Crime Prevention (2023-2019), in addition to the report of the African Epidemiology Network on Drug Abuse (2018-2019) , in addition to presenting recommendations of the continental consultations. On drug demand reduction and epidemiology.
In turn, the President of the Republic of the Congo, Felix Tchisekedi, dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar thanked for receiving the Egyptian state for the work of the fourth session, and praised Egypt’s ongoing efforts to support health systems in African countries to address health challenges. and achieve the African countries’ goal of health stability.
Meanwhile, Minata Samet, Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, confirmed that the session was taking place at an important time for African countries to rebuild and develop health systems and increase the value of food, as it is crucial to: improving the public health of people in the countries of the African continent, as well as rebuilding systems Socially and economically, especially in the post-Coronavirus pandemic, which has negatively affected a number of countries.