Kazakhstan holds the Third Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health

The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan is hosting the Third Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health in Astana on 29 September – 1 October 2011. More than 400 delegates, including representatives of 56 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and international organizations, are expected to attend the Conference. Kazakhstan currently chairs the OIC.

The Conference is intended:

  1. to improve and strengthen solidarity among member states and cooperation among Islamic countries in the field of health care at a time of global challenges; and
  2. to implement the resolutions adopted at the Second Islamic Conference of Health Ministers in March 2009.

During the event, foreign guests will visit health care facilities.

During the Conference, participants will discuss the OIC member states’ draft strategic programme of health action for 2012–2022, and member states’ cooperation in achieving the Millennium Development Goals on reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. Other topics on the agenda include:

  • the Global Polio Eradication Initiative;
  • sustainable production of drugs, including vaccines; and
  • control of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

The high-level meeting is expected to adopt a declaration and resolutions to strengthen cooperation among OIC member states on providing health care.