Fifty-ninth World Health Assembly
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Today, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales addressed the 59th World Health Assembly.
"I do believe most strongly that we should not view poor health as something that exists in isolation, but which forms as a direct consequence of our communities, our cultures, our lifestyles and the way we interact with our environments. The state of our health reflects the food we eat, the exercise we take, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the quality of our housing and sanitation. I believe it also extends to our social needs and circumstances – the need to belong to a community, the need for meaningful work and daily purpose. The need in our lives for dignity and kindness, for self-respect, for hope and, above all, for harmony and, dare I say it, beauty"
Following his keynote address, The Prince of Wales visited the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva where he met with staff and their children.
Dr Mike Ryan, Director, Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response briefed the Prince of Wales on the avian influenza situation in WHO's Stategic Health Operations Centre (SHOC).
Committee A opened today with discussions on International Health Regulations and Pandemic Influenza preparedness.
Committee A elected as it's Chairman Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, Minister of Health of India.
The World Health Organization (WHO) today honoured a founding personality in the global effort to eradicate polio. William T. Sergeant, for 12 years the leader of the programme overseeing polio eradication within Rotary International, received a personal citation from the WHO, at the World Health Assembly. Mr. Sargeant, 86, has served in Rotary International for nearly six decades – chairing its International PolioPlus Committee for 12 of those years.