A six-member team consisting of technical experts
and staff from World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva,
Switzerland and its Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO)
in Cairo, Egypt, has returned from Baghdad, Iraq, after discussions
about potential project proposals to improve health surveillance and
strengthen cancer control.
The discussions culminated in the formulation of
four draft proposals. Two of the draft proposals deal with health
surveillance and are aimed to enhance the registration of cancers,
congenital malformation and renal disorders. A third draft proposal
concerns implementation of a plan for cancer and other
non-communicable diseases control, while the fourth relates to the
study of environmental and other risk factors (including depleted
uranium) to health.
Over the next two weeks, these proposals will be
carefully reviewed within WHO in collaboration with other concerned UN