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Minister Park Neung-Hoo calls for international cooperation to achieve Universal Health Coverage

  • Date : 2019-09-25
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Minister Park Neung-Hoo calls for international cooperation to achieve Universal Health Coverage

Republic of Korea holds Bilateral Meetings with Denmark, Netherlands, Kuwait, and United Kingdom

□ The Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW) announced that Minister Park, NeungHoo attended the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (Sep 23) held in New York, United States, during the 74th UN General Assembly, as a head delegate.
○ Minister Park delivered a speech on universal health coverage (UHC) at the high-level meeting and held bilateral meetings with Denmark, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, and Kuwait.
□ Leaders and Ministers of 158 Member States convened at the high-level meeting with the goal of strengthening international efforts to build a healthy world for all, and reaffirmed that health is a precondition for and an indicator of the implementation of SDGs.
○ The countries unanimously adopted the political declaration, in which they agreed to strongly recommit to achieve universal health coverage by 2030 and reaffirmed the right of every human being to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.
□ In his remarks, Minister Park highlighted Korea’s strong will to support international collaboration between relevant institutions to expand access to medicine, such as the WHO roadmap, ‘Access to medicines and vaccines’.
○ Minister Park emphasized the need to promote innovation and improvements in the healthcare system and use healthcare technologies to achieve universal health coverage while placing more focus on addressing privacy issues which may arise amid growing use of personal data.
○ Meanwhile, he asked for interest and participation by international institutions and member states to ensure that discussions on ‘Ensuring access to medicine’ and‘Utilizing healthcare technologies’ are translated into concrete results.
□ At the venue, Minister Park met Ministers of Health from the Netherlands, Denmark, Kuwait as well as the Chief Medical officer of the United Kingdom to discuss ways to deepen cooperation in healthcare.
○ Netherlands: Minister Park met Minister Bruno Bruins for Medical Care and Sport to share progress and discuss future direction following the WHO Assembly Side Event on ‘Strengthening Access to Medicine and Necessary Medical Material’.
○ Denmark: Minister Park met Minister Magnus Heunicke for Health and Elderly Affairs to discuss healthcare cooperation in the biopharmaceutical sector and Korea-Denmark policy consultative meetings.
○ Kuwait: Minister Park invited Dr. Bassel Humoud Hamad Al-Sabah, Minister of Health to Medical Korea 2020 (Seoul) and discussed healthcare cooperation issues such as the consignment operation of the New Jahra Hospital and Korea-Kuwait Healthcare Symposium.
○ United Kingdom: Minister Park met Dame Sally Davis, Chief Medical Officer to discuss ways to deepen cooperation in health issues such as antimicrobial resistance.
□ On September 25, Minister Park visited LabCentral, a support organization for biotech startups, and Samyang BioPharm, USA in Boston to discuss measures for fostering the bio-health industry.

<Attached> 74th High-level Meeting Political Declaration (Key points)
□ We strongly recommit to achieve universal health coverage by 2030, and in this regard we will:

- implement effective policies to protect public health and comprehensively manage social, economic, environmental, and health issues by taking action in all sectors based on a whole-of-government and health-in-all-policies approaches.

- scale up efforts to promote healthy and active ageing, maintain and improve quality of life of older persons and to respond to the needs of the rapidly ageing population, especially the need for promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care as well as specialized care and the sustainable provision of long-term care, taking into national contexts and priorities.

- explore ways to integrate, as appropriate, safe and evidence-based traditional and complementary medicine services within national and/or subnational health systems, particularly at the level of primary health care, according to national context and priorities

- promote equitable distribution of and increased access to quality, safe, effective, affordable and essential medicines, including generics, vaccines, diagnostics and health technologies to ensure affordable quality health services and their timely delivery

- revitalize and promote strong global partnerships with all relevant stakeholders to collaboratively support the Member States, as appropriate, to achieve universal health coverage and other health-related targets of Sustainable Development Goals, including through technological support, capacity building and strengthening advocacy, building on existing global networks such as the International Health Partnership for UHC 2030.

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