Hong Kong Secretary for Health participates in World Health Assembly

The Secretary for Health, Professor Lo Chung-mau (fourth right), and the Director of Health, Dr Ronald Lam (third right), meet with Vice-minister of the National Health Commission Mr Cao Xuetao (third left) and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the People's Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva and other International Organizations in Switzerland, Mr Chen Xu (fourth left), in Geneva, Switzerland, on 26th May (Geneva time) to talk about the latest healthcare developments of the Mainland and Hong Kong, and Hong Kong's participation in World Health Organisation-related work.


28th May 2024 – (Geneva) Professor Lo Chung-mau, the Secretary for Health, represented Hong Kong at the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) held by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Accompanied by Dr Ronald Lam, the Director of Health, they attended the Assembly as members of the Chinese delegation. The WHA, with the theme “All for Health, Health for All,” covered a wide range of topics, including universal health coverage, infection prevention and control, non-communicable diseases, and the WHO’s response to public health emergencies.

In addition to participating in the plenary session, Professor Lo and Dr Lam joined a thematic side meeting focused on integrated health services, co-organised by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. Discussions at the meeting revolved around people-centred primary healthcare services, and participants shared their perspectives on promoting primary healthcare and achieving universal health coverage.

Professor Lo expressed that different countries may have varying strategies for developing primary healthcare, but their ultimate goal remains the same. The insights gained from the side meeting will contribute to the advancement of primary healthcare in Hong Kong and the implementation of the “Primary Healthcare Blueprint.”

Prior to the Assembly, Professor Lo and Dr Lam met with Mr Cao Xuetao, the Vice-minister of the NHC, and Mr Chen Xu, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations in Switzerland. They discussed the latest healthcare developments in Mainland China, Hong Kong’s involvement in WHO-related work, and shared insights on the healthcare landscape.

Professor Lo and Dr Lam will continue their participation in the World Health Assembly on 28th May, focusing on global health matters and representing Hong Kong’s interests in international health cooperation.