New WHO Regional Director Leads the Charge Against Polio in Eastern Mediterranean Region

Health Ministers Gather in Crucial Year for Polio Eradication – Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)

Dr. Hanan Balkhy, the new WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, recently convened the 10th meeting of the Regional Subcommittee on Polio Eradication and Outbreaks. The subcommittee’s members, including Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari from Qatar and Her Excellency Mr. Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Oweis from the United Arab Emirates, discussed strategies to strengthen the fight against polio and ultimately eradicate the disease.

During the meeting, Dr. Balkhy’s commitment to ending polio was praised by both ministers. They emphasized how Dr. Balkhy’s leadership could benefit the region and bring them closer to achieving a polio-free world. The subcommittee members also shared their excitement about Dr. Balkhy’s vision and expertise leading regional efforts to combat polio spread.

The ministers highlighted the importance of continued collaboration and effective strategies in combating polio. They collaborated during the meeting to exchange ideas on how to accelerate progress towards a polio-free world.

Overall, this meeting underscored the dedication of health ministers in the Eastern Mediterranean Region to eradicating polio and highlighted how their collective efforts can make significant strides in this fight. With support from Dr. Balkhy and other regional leaders, these efforts aim to ensure a future free of polio for all people around the world.

Sophia Reynolds

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