Korean healthcare experts learn about the attainments of the Millennium Development Goals
The official ceremony of the 8th anniversary of the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare (KOFIH) was held on August 13th, 2014 in Seoul. At the event, the organizations and individuals which have greatly contributed to the Foundation’s work in the area of healthcare received commendations from the Ministry of Health and Welfare and the KOFIH’s President.
The commendations ceremony was followed by a seminar about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the work involved in Official Development Assistance related organizations.
“The deadline of MDGs is nearing, and our work in the area of healthcare is still needed. This should not be the time-bound-work, we should continue working on this area. This is why we want to hear about the progress of MDGs today,” said the President of KOFIH, Lee, Soo-Ku, emphasizing the purpose of this seminar.
At the session, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre’s Policy Specialist Artemy Izmestiev discussed the status of the attainment of the MDGs from the recently launched 2014 MDG Report with an emphasis on health issues.
With the report, Mr. Artemy Izmestiev presented how the MDGs contributed to reducing multi-dimensional poverty. It is estimated that 700 million people no longer live in extreme poverty. Regarding achievements in healthcare, he highlighted the progress in combatting HIV, referring to the fact that 6.6 million lives have been saved by receiving access antiretroviral therapy for HIV-infected people. He also shared the need of additional work despite progress.
“The most effective way to tackle the health related issues needs to be made by those who know how to take actions on the ground.” Closing his presentation, Mr. Artemy Izmestiev urged the KOFIH officers to play an active role in achieving the MDGs at the country level.
The KOFIH was founded in 2006 in order to contribute to eradicating diseases and enhancing health system by sharing Korea’s knowledge and experiences with the international community. The Foundation also runs the memorial projects of Dr. Lee, Jong-wook, the late Director-General of the World Health Organization.