Namibia has been elected to serve on the World Health Organization's Executive Board.
Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Richard Kamwi, joins individuals designated by member states to offer technical expertise for the next three years. Dr. Norbert Forster has been designated the alternate member.
Namibia will also, for the first time, serve on the General Committee of World Health Assembly (WHA).
The committee which comprises of 28 countries, is presided over by the president of WHA, Dr. Shigeru Omi of Japan.
Today, 12 members including Namibia were transmitted to the Health Assembly.
Other countries include Albania, Andora, Argentina, Brazil, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Egypt, Japan, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Suriname.
Namibia and South Africa will represent the WHO African region which consist of 46 countries.
The board gives effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, advises and generally facilitates the work of the World Health Assembly.
Kamwi said the fact that Namibia has been considered for election to the board twice during his term in the office, demonstrates the confidence the international community has in the a country following its exemplary health indicators.
The minister said he attributed this to "quality leadership by President Hifikepunye Pohamba, without whose support, I would not have managed."
The sixty-sixth World Health Assembly opened on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland and is attended attended by officials from 194 Member States to review the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future.
The Health Assembly has been in the past week discussed non communicable diseases, universal health coverage, women and children’s health, as well as the programme budget, administration, reform and management matters of the world health body.
Kamwi is leading a delegation of seven to the WHA, which ends next week.