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World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and World Health Organization South-East Asia Region – WHO SEARO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh arrives in Kathmandu

“Always a privilege to be in Nepal, pioneer of a number of health initiatives in WHO South-East Asia Region.” – Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and World Health Organization South-East Asia Region – WHO SEARO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh arrives in Kathmandu

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros and team met Minister of Health and Population (MoHP) Birodh Khatiwada and discussed how to strengthen Nepal-WHO collaboration to Beat NCDs, advance mental health care, child and maternal health, road safety, and capacity building on emergency preparedness.
Dr Tedros, accompanied by WHO SEARO, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Dr Shambhu Acharya, WHO HQ and WHO Representative to Nepal, Dr Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, met with Honorable Health Minister, Birodh Khatiwada, and State Minister, Bhawani Prasad Khapung.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros and team discussed with Foreign Minister Hon. Dr. Narayan Khadka about COVID-19, and Nepal’s efforts to reach the Vaccine Equity 70% target by mid-2022. The need for a Pandemic Accord & strengthening WHO to be better prepared for future threats was also discussed.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros and team discussed with Foreign Minister Hon. Dr. Narayan Khadka about COVID-19, and Nepal’s efforts to reach the Vaccine Equity 70% target by mid-2022. The need for a Pandemic Accord & strengthening WHO to be better prepared for future threats was also discussed.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros and Regional Director met Chairperson, National Assembly, Ganesh Prasad Timilsina and discussed on #HealthForAll & #PandemicAccord & in advancing community engagement & risk communication.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros and Regional Director met Chairperson, National Assembly, Ganesh Prasad Timilsina and discussed on #HealthForAll & #PandemicAccord & in advancing community engagement & risk communication.

The Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus , and World Health Organization South-East Asia Region – WHO SEARO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, had a courtesy call with the Rt. Hon. President of Nepal Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba and talked about collaboration, commitment to health for all and investment on public health to improve Nepalese health.  The WHO leaders were accompanied by WHO Representative to Nepal, Dr Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, and Dr Shambu Acharya, Director of Department of Country Strategy and Support.
The Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus , and World Health Organization South-East Asia Region – WHO SEARO Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, had a courtesy call with the Rt. Hon. President of Nepal Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Nepal, Sher Bahadur Deuba and talked about collaboration, commitment to health for all and investment on public health to improve Nepalese health.  The WHO leaders were accompanied by WHO Representative to Nepal, Dr Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, and Dr Shambu Acharya, Director of Department of Country Strategy and Support.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, WHO Regional Director and team met President of Nepal Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari and discussed the importance of multisectoral approach for NCD and other health issues.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, WHO Regional Director and team met President of Nepal Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari and discussed the importance of multisectoral approach for NCD and other health issues.
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, WHO Regional Director and team met President of Nepal Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari and discussed the importance of multisectoral approach for NCD and other health issues.

WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia Region – WHO SEARO Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh visited a school in Kathmandu to observe the ongoing Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine campaign.
WHO Director General Dr Tedros at Typhoid Vaccination site

Such a great experience visiting a school in Kathmandu, #Nepal, which is one of the #typhoid vaccination sites. This new vaccination campaign, the first in @WHOSEARO, is a combined effort by the government, teachers & parents, supported by @WHO, @gavi, @UNICEF. #LongLifeForAll

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
@DrTedros

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia Region – WHO SEARO Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh visited a school in Kathmandu to observe the ongoing Typhoid Conjugate Vaccine campaign.

WHO Country Office Visit to motivate staffs and encourage them to contribute on HealthForAll. Photo: Ashish Shrestha (Facebook)

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, Regional Director & team visited genome sequencing lab at the National Public Health Laboratory, Department of Health Services, Teku Kathmandu.

World Earth Day: Tree plantation at Department of Health Services (DG WHO & DG DOHS) to symbolize for a #HealthierTomorrow.

On Mother #EarthDay I was pleased to plant a tree in #Nepal. May it be another symbol for a #HealthierTomorrow. Together, we can protect our planet and our health.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
@DrTedros


Dr. Tedros met with Manoj Gajurel, Comedian Activist

Happy to meet my ‘twin’ in #Nepal today. He likes to make fun of me, but he says he promotes me that way. Thank you for a good laugh and for bringing humor to people in the past two years, @gajureal. What we seriously agree on are – vaccines, tests & treatment for all & peace

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

@DrTedros



Thank you for your visit to #Nepal Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO Director General. Your visit has come at a very crucial time. It has highlighted & advocated for the need for #HealthForAll. It is an inspiration & encouragement for WHO Nepal staff.
Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, WR, WHO Nepal
See you again: Dr. Sangeeta Kaushal Mishra (MoHP), Sewa Lamsal (MoFA) & Dr. Tedros prior to his departure to Geneva.


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22 April 2022 | Kathmandu, Nepal – The Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and WHO South-East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, had a courtesy call with the Rt. Hon. President, Bidya Devi Bhandari, and Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba, on day two of their visit to Nepal.  

The WHO leaders were accompanied by WHO Representative to Nepal, Dr Rajesh Sambhajirao Pandav, and Dr Shambu Acharya, Director of Department of Country Strategy and Support.

During the meeting, Rt. Hon. President, Bidya Devi Bhandari, highlighted the importance of multisectoral collaboration in improving health outcomes for the country. 

Dr Tedros commended Nepal’s recognition of health as a basic human right in its constitution.

In their meeting with Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba, Dr Tedros lauded Nepal’s overall COVID-19 response and efforts towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh congratulated Nepal for prioritization of health in the national budget and noted how the investment has yielded tangible returns.  

Prime Minister Deuba thanked WHO for its leadership in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and urged WHO to further support Nepal towards enhancing the capacity of healthcare workers, strategy development for elimination of cervical cancer, and introducing the HPV vaccine in the country.  

The delegation also visited a school in Lalitpur to observe the ongoing Typhoid Conjugate Vaccination campaign.  The campaign aims to reach 7.5 million children aged 15 months to 15 years with the vaccine and was launched with support from GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, WHO, and UNICEF on 7 April. With high vaccine acceptance across the nation, the campaign is progressing at a brisk pace. 

The dignitaries then visited the genome sequencing laboratory at the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL), Department of Health Services (DoHS).  With the in-country capacity development of genome sequencing, Nepal is now able to rapidly identify high threat pathogens of public health concerns. It was through the lab at NPHL that the country detected its first case of the Omicron variant.DG congratulated the leadership at NPHL and DoHS for their accomplishments. 

The WHO delegation had called upon Honorable Health Minister Birodh Khatiwada; Honorable Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Narayan Khadka; and Rt. Hon. Chairperson of National Assembly, Ganesh Prasad Timilsina; on 21 April.  

WHO Director-General is here upon the invitation of Honorable Minister for Health and Population, Mr. Birodh Khatiwada. The visit will conclude on 23 April.

22 April 2022 Joint News Release Nepal (WHO Nepal)






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