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14 October 2008
President Nursultan Nazabayev Receives Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan and Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Ann Veneman

Issues on healthcare development in Kazakhstan and cooperation with UNICEF were discussed at the meeting.

Ms. Chan and Ms. Veneman informed the President on their intention to take part in the International Conference devoted to the 30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration on First Medical Sanitary Aid.

President Nazarbayev emphasized the adoption of the Alma-Ata Declaration by the WHO in 1978 has become important both for Kazakhstan and the world community. The implementation of this Declaration was directed at achieving one of the most important tasks - strengthening health of the people on the global scale. Moreover, the main principles of the document continue to be in the limelight of the social and economic strategies of many countries of the world.

President Nazarbayev stated that since 1992 Kazakhstan has a successful cooperation with the UN Children’s Fund. Nowadays, the third cooperation program between the Government of Kazakhstan and the UNICEF for 2005-2009 is being implemented.

“Kazakhstan will raise financing of the sphere up to 4 percent from the country’s GDP. Nowadays, Kazakhstan has achieved significant progress in healthcare development and it can rely on help of the WHO in overcoming current problems,’’ Director General of the WHO Ms. Chan highlighted.

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