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The seventy-second session of the African Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded today after five days of discussion and adoption of strategies to better respond to health challenges in the region and improve people’s health and well-being.

The meeting provided a platform to collaborate, share ideas and reset the focus for Africa after COVID-19. Three resolutions were adopted during the meeting, including a strategy for decentralizing health services for critical non-communicable diseases, reforming the public health response and a regional strategy for managing environmental determinants of human health.

About 30 health ministers and more than 700 participants attended the meeting held in the Togolese capital, Lome, in person and virtually. The Regional Committee is WHO’s decision-making body in the region, meeting once a year to discuss and approve regional policies, activities and financial plans to improve people’s health and well-being.

Closing speech by Dr. Matshidis Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa:

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the WHO Regional Office for Africa.

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