The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Firass Abiad, returned from the 75th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva with an agreement with WHO to finance the Central Laboratory project.
He announced in a press conference that the session discussed the effects of current world events on health, and the decision to improve the World Health Organization (WHO) funding and turn it into more sustainable financing.
In regards to Lebanon, Dr. Abiad stated that progress had been made on the following issues:
Agreement to obtain funding from the WHO to move forward with the central laboratory project, which is hoped to be realized this year.
Development of the Emergency Preparedness Center for Health Emergencies in Lebanon with funding from the WHO.
Agreement on the joint strategy for health in Lebanon provided that the agreement will be signed soon with the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, Najat Rushdi.
Dr. Abiad pointed out that the issue of the displaced and the preservation of their health dominated several meetings.
The Lebanese delegation, which he headed, made it clear that Lebanon has provided everything it should have since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis. In return, the international community has the duty to provide support to Lebanon so that the focus is not on the displaced.
“The participants in the conference expressed their appreciation for what Lebanon had done and made promises to respond to the request of the Lebanese delegation”, Dr. Abiad assured.