Regional Director meets Minister of Health of Armenia

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Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, met Derenik Dumanyan, Minister of Health of Armenia on 19–20 June 2013

Visiting Armenia at the invitation of Dr Derenik Dumanyan, Minister of Health, Ms Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe, discussed cooperation between WHO and the country during an official visit on 19–20 June 2013.

Ms Jakab also met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the members of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Health Care, Maternity and Childhood, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator. They discussed issues highlighted in Health 2020, the European health policy framework.

At a joint workshop organized by the Ministry of Health and the WHO Country Office, Armenia, Zsuzsanna Jakab spoke of national health reforms in the context of Health 2020, with its focus on strategic directions, priority areas, evidence-based interventions and workable solutions for Member States to integrate into their national policies and strategies.

“We believe that good health underpins social and economic development. I am encouraged by the political will of the Government of Armenia to pursue reforms in the health sector,” said Ms Jakab during a press conference with the Minister of Health.

“We have made progress in improving health indicators in Armenia,” commented Dr Dumanyan. “However, the current realities bring new challenges and complex problems. We appreciate the knowledge and expertise of WHO and I am sure that, as a result of closer cooperation, we can improve health further for people in Armenia.”

Ms Jakab invited the Minister of Health of Armenia to visit WHO/Europe, to learn more about the organization’s technical programmes.