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‘Make health a bridge for peace, solidarity’

19 May 2021

The sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Switzerland, hosted a high-level virtual meeting  – Global Health for Peace Initiative – on health security and peace in the context of COVID-19, on Wednesday.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, chaired the meeting with wide participation of a number of Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) countries along with officials from WHO and the United Nations Secretariat.

During the meeting, the minister pointed out the need to exert more efforts towards cooperation and solidarity to safeguard peace, especially in the EMR region. H E Sa’eedi thanked all the participants for their time and efforts, and their commitment. He urged each one to continue their efforts as advocates, for making health a bridge not only for peace in areas of conflict, but a bridge for collaboration and solidarity at all times.

The meeting, which was convened for the first time at the initiative of Oman, aimed to promote the experience, and exchange dialogue on the ongoing collaboration in health in the context of the COVID-19 response and encourage further cooperation.

It was also an opportunity to shed light on the great potential of using the neutral nature of health as a bridge for peace, and subsequently health cooperation as a contributor to ensuring health security.

Furthermore, the meeting highlighted the potential of expanding cooperation in health, especially within the context of COVID-19, as a tool to harbour international solidarity, stability and peace.

The meeting addressed a number of issues such as successful health interventions in peace building, ongoing collaboration efforts in the EMR that can be built upon to contribute to the region’s stability, strengthening regional capacity in manufacturing medicine and health products (including vaccines) and exploring how international collaboration can support this.

The meeting also touched upon supporting existing regional and international collaboration platforms and organisations in the region, including the WHO, in order to contribute effectively to regional solidarity and collaboration in health.

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