Crown Princess Mary paid a visit to the World Health Organisation’s European Region offices in Copenhagen to meet with the new Regional Director on Monday.
The Danish Royal House revealed that Crown Princess Mary met with Dr Hans Kluge to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and response on a global level and for the European Region.
“The Crown Princess and Dr Hans Kluge also discussed in this connection how important it is not to lose focus on existing health challenges in the region such as the vaccination, antimicrobial resistance, non-communicable diseases and mental health,” according to the Royal House.
“The meeting also provided an opportunity to discuss joint activities in the coming year.”
Crown Princess Mary has been the patron of the WHO’s European Region since 2005 and regularly attends meetings to advocate for immunisation and access to health services.
In a statement to mark European Immunisation Week in April, Crown Princess Mary wrote that:
“Health workers are the backbone of our health services, more so than ever. For the past months, they have been keeping us and our loved ones safe and have been working to fight this pandemic. We are indebted to all health and social care workers: those working day and night to care for people with COVID-19, and those working to keep other essential health-care services operating.
“When we thank the health workforce, we are thanking all those who are delivering health and social care services in hospitals and in communities: doctors and nurses, midwives, the public health experts tracking and tracing the disease, support workers for disabled and older people, pharmacists, social workers, laboratory workers, the support and administrative staff that keep services going. Their courage, commitment and personal resolve is a beacon of light at a time of hardship and pain for so many across our region.”