A special joint event took place on Thursday February 22nd in Miesian Plaza between DCEDIY and our colleagues in the Department of Health.

In conversation with Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe 1
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The two Departments hosted a conversation with Dr Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.

Appointed in 2020, Dr Kluge has held a crucial role in the WHO throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and is a leading figure on the future of health systems in Europe.

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The event provided an excellent opportunity to learn about Ireland’s relationship with the WHO, to ask questions of a global figure in shaping care policy and to gain a greater understanding about the work being undertaken between the WHO & DCEDIY’s Disability Division.

Minister Rabbitte said:

The World Health Organization (WHO) holds immense importance as a global entity dedicated to international public health. Established in 1948, the WHO serves as a vital coordinating body, setting standards, providing expertise, and fostering collaboration among nations to address health challenges collectively.

Its role extends from combating infectious diseases and promoting vaccination campaigns to addressing non-communicable diseases and mental health issues.

The WHO plays a critical role in global health emergencies, offering rapid response mechanisms and coordinating efforts to contain and manage outbreaks.

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The organisation’s emphasis on research, data collection, and dissemination of health information contributes to evidence-based policymaking worldwide.

Furthermore, the WHO promotes health equity, advocating for access to essential healthcare services for all, irrespective of socio-economic factors.

The WHO stands as a cornerstone in the pursuit of universal health coverage, ensuring that health is recognised as a fundamental human right and fostering a collaborative approach to address health challenges on a global scale.   It was my pleasure to meet a with Dr Kluge and I look forward to working with him in the future.

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