The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on July 26, 2021 inaugurated a new WHO office in Manama, Bahrain, marking the kingdom’s close cooperation with the global health body throughout the pandemic
“Honoured to be able to attend the opening of the WHO Country Office in the Kingdom of Flag of Bahrain, WHO’s 152nd country office. The Office will deliver strategic, technical, policy and service delivery support to the government to advance health and well-being nationally, regionally and globally,” Tedros said.
During the ceremony, he said that the opening of this country office reflects WHO’s commitment to serve all countries, at all income levels, providing support tailored to the needs of the country and its place in the global health architecture.
“I would like to especially commend Bahrain for its efforts to prepare for and respond to COVID19, and its close coordination with WHO. It’s pleasing to see that cases and deaths are now near the lowest levels since the pandemic began,” he added.
Tedros said that WHO recognises that COVID19 has caused severe disruptions to essential services for immunisation, nutrition, non-communicable diseases, family planning & more.
“That’s why WHO’s top priority is universal health coverage, built on strong primaryhealthcare,” he said.
“One of our key goals in our work with the @MOH_Bahrain will be to identify key areas where Bahrain can act as an incubator for best practices, as a regional capacity-building hub, and to expand its role in policy dialogue and health diplomacy,” he added.
Tedros assured that WHO’s support for the Kingdom of Bahrain, and our continuing commitment to work with you to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable – here in Bahrain and around the world.