Saturday, 27 May 2017
PETALING JAYA: Impressed with Malaysia’s medical research work and making medicine more accessible and affordable, the World Health Organisation has expressed interest in harnessing its expertise, the Health Ministry said.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on his Facebook that newly elected WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was particularly fascinated with the progress of Malaysia’s work on Hepatitis C curative treatment in collaboration with Drug for Neglected Disease initiatives.
“WHO is looking into harnessing our expertise based on this unique model of the research ecosystem in Malaysia to bring down the cost of medicine. We highlighted crucial issues close to the heart of many in developing countries such as cost and access to diagnostics and medicine, where we are convinced that this new partnership model can close the gap of equitable access to medicine,” Dr Noor Hisham said.
Dr Noor Hisham, together with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam and Malaysia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva Datuk Amran Mohamed Zin, had a private session with Dr Tedros at the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Thursday. He said Dr Tedros, a malaria specialist, is the first Ethiopian and African to head the agency.
“Dr Tedros was impressed with the active involvement of the ministry in WHO and WHO’s regional office for the Western Pacific,” he added.
Source by: Internet