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WHO urges commitment to ‘Health for All’ in Southeast Asia

The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, has called for sustained action to achieve universal health coverage, as part of its Health for All campaign in the region.

She stressed the importance of political and financial commitment from leaders, urging them to accelerate momentum ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting in September.

Khetrapal highlighted the need for policy makers and programme managers to focus on strengthening public health infrastructure, workforce, and financing.

She also encouraged individuals and communities to assert their Right to Health by engaging in local health decision-making processes.

Finally, she called on partners, donors, and stakeholders to support the primary health care approach as the most effective, efficient, and equitable way to build national health systems.

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