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Tue, 18 May 2010 18:51 - Updated Tue, 18 May 2010 18:51

Health minister meets US counterpart


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Luanda – The success of the programme of the Angolan President’s initiative to combat malaria was highlighted Tuesday in Geneva, Switzerland, by Health minister Jose Van-Dunem, during the bilateral meeting with the US secretary for Health Services, Kathleen Sebelius.

During the meeting, which took place in a climate of cordiality and interactivity, on the sidelines of the 63rd World Health Assembly, the two sides discussed several issues, especially US support in fighting HIV/AIDS and malaria, which increased significantly.

The minister mentioned the experience of revitalisation of primary care in Angola, based in the municipalities, as an important strategy of strengthening health systems.

The possibility that the US supports the establishment of a laboratory for Excellence in the country, the strengthening of capacity to respond to epidemics and monitoring current problems, such as water quality, food, air and calibration of equipment were also highlighted.

The minister Jose Van-Dunem is leading the Angolan delegation participating since Monday in the 63rd World Health Assembly, held under the motto "Health related to millennium development goals".