31.10.2023 (Обновлено: 01.11.2023 15:32)

EEC and WHO develop cooperation

Prospects for further cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission, including on health protection of migrants in the Eurasian Economic Union countries, were discussed by Altynai Omurbekova, Director of the EEC Labour Migration and Social Protection Department, and Arsen Nasyrkhanov, Assistant Minister in charge of Economic and Financial Policy of the EEC, with the representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO). The meeting was held as part of the 73rd session of the WHO Regional Committee on 24 October in Astana.

The session was attended by Ministers of Health from more than 50 WHO Member States. In total, more than 650 people were delegated by the countries to the event.

The Commission's representatives took part in considering relevant matters and overriding problems in the field of public health of the European Region States. Information was heard on the current state of health and well-being of people, and improving preparedness for public health emergencies. This also entailed overcoming the crisis affecting the health and medical and social workforce, combating the threat of antimicrobial resistance, and improving protocols and practices governing the health care of refugees and migrants. 

Following the meeting between the EEC and WHO representatives, an arrangement was reached to hold an inter-country meeting on health issues in early 2024. It is planned to discuss some ways to meet the health care needs of labour migrants in the Central Asian region. Representatives of the EAEU Member States and international organizations are expected to attend.

For reference

The interaction between the Commission and WHO is carried out within the Memorandum of Understanding between the EEC and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization dated October 13, 2021.

The Commission's representatives were actively involved in preparing the Action Plan for Refugee and Migrant Health in the WHO European Region 2023–2030.