Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Health Ministers to Discuss Asia's Biggest Problems

Jakarta. Health ministers from across Asia will meet in Dili, Timor Leste, next week to discuss a wide range of issues affecting health in the continent, including disaster mitigation, outbreak prevention and the elimination of certain communicable diseases.
The conference will host ministers from 11 countries, including Indonesia, from Sept. 7 to 11. A focus on tobacco control will likely put Indonesia, a haven for smokers, in the spotlight.
Indonesia has one of world's lowest cigarette prices, making them easily accessible to the poor and children. The country has not ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control despite strong international pressure.
The meeting will also discuss the elimination of tropical diseases and small pox, polio and rubella, as well as efforts to prevent tuberculosis and various forms of cancer. Strategies to implement universal health coverage is also on the agenda.
Indonesia and host nation Timor Leste will be joined by delegates from Bangladesh, Bhutan, North Korea, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Officials from the World Health Organization are expected to attend as well.

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