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Health ministers to discuss impact of climate change on health

world Updated: Sep 04, 2009 17:05 IST

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Health ministers from 11 countries including India, and World Health Organisation (WHO) experts would meet in Kathmandu this month to discuss the impact of climate change on health.

Two high-level meetings- the 27th Annual Meeting of the Health Ministers of the Region and 62nd meeting of the WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia, will take-up among other issues, pandemic influenza preparedness, access to the resulting vaccines and other benefits, a press release issued by WHO said.

The delegates will focus on climate change and its impact on human health and will also deliberate on the relationship between public and private sector health care.

Climate change is affecting all countries in the region, whether through rising sea levels, more frequent and violent natural disasters or melting of glacial ice.

This meeting will follow up on progress on the New Delhi Declaration on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health adopted by the ministers in 2008.

The meeting of health ministers is a form to exchange national experiences on the social, political and economic dimensions of health and highlight burning issues.

This will be followed by the WHO Regional Committee meeting which is WHO’s Governing council at the regional level.

Representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and East Timor are attending the conference to be held in Kathmandu from September 7-10.