Crown Princess Mary wrapped up a visit to Moldova last week with the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe, of which she is the patron.
The Crown Princess was accompanied by Doctor Zsuzsanna Jakab, who is the WHO’s Regional Director for Europe.
The trip’s purpose was to highlight “regional progress in immunisation, maternal and child health, and in tackling antimicrobial resistance,” per WHO’s website.
Crown Princess Mary’s trip began with a meeting with the Minister of Health for Moldova, followed by a dinner at Castel Mimi.
On Thursday, Crown Princess Mary visited the Public Health Institute to attend meetings with professionals who work in vaccinations, maternal and child health, and antimicrobial resistance and gave a speech. While there, she visited the Vaccine Cold Chamber – a vaccine storage facility.
After a working lunch at the Moldovan UN offices, Crown Princess Mary and Dr Jakab visited the Mother and Child Institute to see the maternity ward. They then visited the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Chisinau, where Crown Princess Mary gave a speech to the graduate students in the school of Public Health Management. They then attended a WHO dinner in the evening.
On the last day of the trip, Crown Princess Mary and Dr Jakab visited a health centre that provides vaccinations to children.
Crown Princess Mary’s trip marked World Antibiotic Awareness Week.
Per WHO’s website, Moldova is undergoing health reform, particularly in the areas of immunisation and maternal and child health. The life expectancy in Moldova has been rising steadily since 1994.
Crown Princess Mary became the patron of WHO/Europe in 2005 and has advocated for maternal and child health initiatives. She also works in health promotion and disease prevention, particularly with immunisation and antimicrobial resistance.
In her capacity as patron of WHO/Europe, Crown Princess Mary has made speeches at the Copenhagen office but has also visited Slovenia, Geneva, and Malta to advocated for health issues.
The World Health Organisation was formed in 1948 as a specialised health agency of the United Nations that focuses on health and wellness initiatives around the world. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland, and it has 148 members (all but two are members of the UN).
The WHO operates with six regional offices around the world: the African Regional Office in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo; the European Regional Office in Copenhagen, Denmark; the South-East Asian Regional Office in New Delhi, India; the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt; the Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines; and the Americas Regional Office in Washington, D.C.