Minister Dr Khaleel addresses climate impact on health at 77th World Health Assembly

29 May 2024 | 01:09
Minister of Health Dr. Abdulla Khaleel delivering the official statement at 77th World Health Assembly (Photo/ Ministry of health)

At the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77) held in Geneva, Switzerland, Minister of Health Dr. Abdulla Khaleel delivered a powerful speech address on the topic "WHO at 77: All for Health, Health for All" highlighting various global health challenges.

Representing the Maldives, Dr. Khaleel emphasized the severe threats faced by low-lying islands due to climate change, including soil erosion and coral bleaching, which are detrimental to tourism, fisheries, and overall community resilience.

He highlighted the increased disease outbreaks and the strain on health systems resulting from these environmental changes.

Dr. Khaleel also focused on the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that threaten economic growth and health systems.

He stressed the importance of primary health care, health promotion, and digital health solutions in addressing these challenges effectively.

In his remarks, Dr. Khaleel called on all countries to work towards alleviating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and to support efforts for a peaceful resolution.

He emphasized the need for the international community to strive for justice and the protection of all people, ensuring adherence to international laws.

Concluding his address, 

health is a human right" and expressed deep concern over the troubling conditions in conflict zones, particularly Gaza, where the loss of civilian lives and the destruction of health facilities remain a significant issue.

Dr. Khaleel reaffirmed stated 

The Maldivian delegation, led by Dr. Khaleel, includes the Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Dr. Salma Rasheed, and high-level staff from the Ministry of Health and the Permanent Mission of Maldives to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

The assembly, running from May 27 to June 1, 2024, will address a diverse range of global health challenges and initiatives, including universal health coverage, infectious disease prevention, maternal and child health, and the impact of climate change on health. ​