Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met the Taliban well being minister who’s a part of Taliban delegation at present visiting Switzerland.
The top of the World Well being Group (WHO) mentioned on Wednesday he had met the well being minister within the Taliban-led authorities in Afghanistan for talks on the “dire” well being and humanitarian disaster within the nation.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus revealed that he met Qalander Ebad for talks on Tuesday.
Ebad is a part of a Taliban delegation visiting Geneva for every week of talks with establishments and non-governmental companies on humanitarian entry and human rights, as Afghanistan’s new rulers broaden their worldwide engagement.
The Taliban motion returned to energy in Kabul in mid-August as the USA ended its 20-year struggle in Afghanistan.
Since then, Afghanistan has plunged into monetary chaos, with inflation and unemployment surging, whereas the halting of help and US sanctions has triggered a humanitarian disaster in a rustic already devastated by a long time of struggle.
Tedros had already met Ebad throughout his go to to Kabul in September 2021 within the wake of the Taliban takeover.
“Regardless of some enhancements since then, the well being state of affairs in Afghanistan continues to be dire and the acute humanitarian disaster is constant to place lives in danger,” Tedros mentioned.
He mentioned they mentioned well being wants within the nation, strengthening the system, emergency preparedness and coaching the well being workforce, by which girls are central.
“The acute want in Afghanistan is to ship diagnostics to detect the COVID-19 virus, and particularly Omicron, because the variety of instances is on the rise,” Tedros mentioned.
The Taliban delegation, representing what it calls the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), is in Switzerland on the invitation of Geneva Name, which works to guard civilians throughout battle.
The muse is internet hosting a convention on Afghanistan behind closed doorways from Monday to Friday, aimed toward enhancing the unimpeded supply of humanitarian help within the nation.
Tedros mentioned the WHO was supporting the COVID-19 response in Afghanistan, in addition to its polio and measles immunisation campaigns.
“We additionally mentioned progress on women’ schooling in any respect ranges, together with increased schooling and assist for becoming a member of the well being workforce,” the UN well being company chief mentioned.
“WHO calls on the worldwide group to proceed with dialogue to assist the folks of Afghanistan, in order that we enhance the well being and well-being of all Afghan folks.”
The Taliban delegation may even meet with Swiss and different European officers, plus the Purple Cross throughout its go to – although Switzerland’s international ministry insisted its presence on Swiss soil didn’t represent recognition of the federal government.
The Geneva-based medical charity Docs With out Borders (Medicins sans Frontieres, MSF) mentioned it too would maintain talks with the delegation.
“MSF has been in touch with the IEA well being ministry for a number of years, within the context of our medical actions in Afghanistan. We are going to meet with them throughout their keep in Geneva to debate present medical wants and our plans,” a spokesman instructed AFP.
Final month, a Taliban delegation led by Overseas Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi visited Oslo the place they met senior US and European officers.
A rise in humanitarian help and enchancment in human rights in Afghanistan was on the agenda of the talks held talks within the Norwegian capital.