WHO consultation on maternal and child health in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad (PTI): With a view that maternal and child health should be
the epicenter of social development programmes, the World Health
Organisation’s (WHO) south-east Asia office will be organising a four
day consultation here.
“This is for the first time that such a high level consultation is
being held in any state, where participants from eleven countries will
discuss various programmes related to maternal and child health in their
countries,” Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Jaynarayan Vyas told
“During consultation the participants will discuss the progress made
by south-east Asian countries towards achieving the Millennium
Development Goals (MDG) set up by the United Nations,” Vyas said.
“Besides this the participants will also focus on how maternal and
child health could be made the centre of all development policies.
Various public-private partnerships and building public health
management to reduce the infant, child and maternal mortality rate, will
also be deliberated in detail,” he added.
The Minister said that during four-day event (from Oct 14-17) members
of different countries will also go on a day long field trip to primary
health centres, community health centres and access the impact of
various government health schemes.
Over 150 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Korea, Indonesia,
Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Timor Leste will share
their experience in implementing health programmes in their countries.