Public health emergencies can happen at any time and know no borders. Preparedness is key in mitigating or partly preventing emergencies like disease outbreaks, pandemics, natural or man-made disasters and the harm they cause to health, societies and economies. Health ministers from European countries are meeting to agree how they will work more closely together to protect people from health emergencies.
Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Turkey, the ministerial consultation will take place in Istanbul on 14 February 2019, and will be attended by health ministers, deputy ministers and other senior officials from countries in the WHO European Region. The Turkish Minister of Health and the WHO Regional Director for Europe are expected to attend and address the meeting.
Ministers and high-level delegates are set to agree an outcome document to accelerate the implementation of the Action plan to improve public health preparedness and response in the WHO European Region, adopted last year at the annual session of WHO’s European governing body. The consultation will be preceded by a two-day high-level meeting with senior public health officials.
Invitation to press conference
When: Thursday, 14 February 2019 at 12.15 (time in Turkey)
Where: Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, Cihannuma Mah., Saray Cad No:5, Besiktaş, 34353 İstanbul.
Journalists are also invited to attend the opening session of the ministerial consultation, which will start on Thursday, 14 February at 09:00. During the day, the media will have opportunities to interview delegates on request.
For security reasons, journalists will be requested to present a photo ID and their press card for accreditation. Accreditation will close on 13 February at 12:00 (time in Turkey).
For accreditation and more information, please contact:
In Turkey: Deniz Akkuş Küçükçelebi, WHO Turkey Communications Officer, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +(90) 538 544 39 05
In Denmark: Liuba Negru, Communcaitions Officer, WHO Regional Office for Europe, email: negruL@who.int; Tel: +(45) 20 45 92 74