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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

WHO congratulates Gambia for appointment to governing bodies

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 “The World Health organisation is pleased to congratulate the government of The Gambia for being designated to serve on key decision-making bodies of the organisation in 2014 and beyond. These are the WHO Executive Board of the World Health Assembly and the Programme Sub-Committee of the World Health Organisation Regional Committee for Africa. This is a well-deserved honour, which demonstrates the commitment The Gambia attaches to fulfilling its obligation to the work of the WHO as well as its determination to improve the health status of Gambians.

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“The Executive Board comprises a team of 34 technically qualified personnel in the field of health, which is elected for a term of three years. Its main functions are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work. The Gambia will be represented on this board by the honorable minster of health and social welfare, Omar sey, from 2014 to 2017. The Programme Subcommittee is a subsidiary and technical body of the WHO Regional Committee for Africa and comprises 16 representatives of member states. Dr Makie Taal, the permanent secretary for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is The Gambia’s representative on the committee. It assists the regional committee by reviewing the budget, strategies, reports and proposed resolutions and advises on policy and governance matters. The WHO Regional Committee for Africa is the organisation’s governing body in the African region, which formulates regional policies and supervises the activities of the Regional office.

The letter added: “In conclusion, the Office of the WHO Representative to The Gambia avails itself of this opportunity to thank the government and people of The Gambia through the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Health and Social Welfare for their support and collaboration. Furthermore, WHO wishes to reiterate that it will continue to support The Gambia in pursuit of its health development goals”.

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