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13 May 2022

13th May 2022

        Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Health, will attend the 15th ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings (9th ASEAN Plus Three Health Ministers Meeting, 8th ASEAN-China Health Ministers Meeting, 1st ASEAN-Republic of Korea Health Ministers Meeting, and the ASEAN-US Health Ministerial Meeting) in Bali, Indonesia from 14 to 15 May 2022.


2.        The ASEAN Health Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings are held biennially to set the direction for regional health cooperation and chart the future course of the ASEAN health sector. Attendees include Health Ministers and senior officials from ASEAN and Plus Three countries (China, Japan and the Republic of Korea), the ASEAN Secretary-General, and the World Health Organization’s Regional Directors or their representatives. The theme for this year’s meetings is Advancing the Achievement of ASEAN Health Development.


3.        The Meeting will discuss health issues including efforts and collaborations in building regional health system resilience and accelerating COVID-19 recovery; optimising mobilisation of essential health resources in responding to health crises; promoting the One Health approach1 to prepare and respond to pandemics; achieving sustainable universal health coverage and health security; and future collaborations towards strengthening health systems for public health emergencies.


4.        Mr Ong will also meet with his counterparts during the visit. He will be accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Health.


13 MAY 2022

[1] The One Health approach is a strategy for expanding cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary collaborations and communication between the human health, animal health and environmental health sectors for the purpose of protecting public health.