Sunday, May 20, 2007
INDONESIA: Indonesia's Health Minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, was unanimously elected as a member of the World Health Organization's executive board during the organization's 60th annual general assembly in Geneva.
"This success was due to support from WHO members for the Indonesian leadership when demanding a transparent and fair mechanism and framework for virus sample sharing based on prior informed consent and benefit-sharing principles for all members, especially developing countries," the Health Ministry said in a media statement, as quoted by the detik.com news portal Saturday.
"With the election of Indonesia as a member of the executive board of the WHO, it is hoped that Indonesia will play a more active role in world health issues and the WHO will support national policies to improve the quality of health in Indonesia," the statement said.
Indonesia has been elected as a member of the WHO's executive board five times, from 1954 to 1957, 1964 to 1967, 1973 to 1976, 1985 to 1988 and 1997 to 2000.
The 34-member executive board is tasked with overseeing the organization's policies and decisions, electing its director general and formulating its programs to be agreed upon by the World Health Assembly. -- JP