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Minister At Moscow Health Meet

Health ministers and representatives from 160 World Health Organization (WHO) members, NGOs and health allies worldwide convened April 28-29 in Moscow, Russia to attend the 1st Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-Communicable Disease Control.

Brunei Darussalam was represented by the Minister of Health, Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri SetiaAwg Hj Adanan. Also present were the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Abdul Salam and senior officers.

The conference was organised by WHO, Ministry of Health and Social Development of Russian Federation.

Among the aims of the inaugural meeting was to assist WHO member countries in an effort to provide and strengthen policies and programmes relating to healthy lifestyle promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases; following the global status report on non-infectious diseases of regional countries where such non-infectious diseases threaten economic development and hinder efforts to eradicate poverty; achieving the Millennium Development Goals; and stressing the need to speed up national and global plans towards preventing non-infectious diseases.

The conference invited renowned experts as panelists in the executive discussion concerning challenges and opportunities for effective action of various sectors in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

The speakers included Vladmir Putin, Prime Minister of the Russian Federation; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations whose keynote speech was read by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO; and Tatyana Golikova, Minister of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation.

The conference stressed on the involvement of the private sectors and a more comprehensive, innovative and effective approach in disease prevention and healthcare in an integrated manner among the partners at the global, regional and national levels such as health, education, energy, agriculture, sports, transportation, town planning, industry and trade, finance and economic development.

The conference agreed for the provision of the Moscow Declaration that covers action needs on prevention and non-communicable disease control.

The declaration, among others, stresses the need to strengthen political commitment and to place the agenda of prevention, control and management of non-communicable diseases as a priority in the development plan of national health.

The Moscow Declaration also asserts that prevention, control and management of non-communicable diseases requires leadership and steps involving various sectors in.. establishing the environment needed to practise healthy lifestyles.

The Global Ministerial Conference was preceded by the WHO Global Forum 2011.
Tackling Challenges of Non -Communicable Diseases held on April 27.

The participants were able to learn and share experiences on the progress of the global strategic action plan towards prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

While in Moscow, Brunei's Minister of Health also made a short visit to Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy where he had the opportunity to view the facilities and services available at the hospital.


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