(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
Israel will tomorrow (Wednesday, 13 April 2011), for the first time, sign an Agreement of Cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO). The agreement represents an enhancement of Israel’s relationship with the organization and is one of the measures of the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s initiative to participate in the challenges facing global development, especially in the developing countries of Africa and other global regions.
Within the framework of the agreement, several joint teams from Israel’s health authorities, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and relevant departments of the WHO will be established. The teams will be active in the following fields: emergency medicine, water and sanitation, mother and child health and food safety.
Israel will also sign on Wednesday a cooperation agreement with UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Established in 1994 by a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council and launched in January 1996, UNAIDS is involved in various aspects of HIV/AIDS - including awareness and infection prevention, medication, elimination of prejudice and international social assistance. Prior to this agreement, in cooperation with UNAIDS, MASHAV organized training courses on various aspects of the issue for public health and welfare representatives from developing countries in Africa and Central Asia. The signing of Israel’s first agreement of cooperation with UNAIDS will enhance Israel’s relationship with the organization.
Ambassador Aharon Leshno-Yaar, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva, will sign both agreements on behalf of MASHAV. The signing will be attended by Professor Alex Leventhal on behalf of the Israeli Ministry of Health and by Ron Adam, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Mission of Israel to the United Nations in Geneva.