Kuwait today marks 55 years of being a member of the World Health organization, which falls on May 9 every year. On May 9, 1960 and before its independence, the State of Kuwait started supporting calls for disseminating health awareness and curbing the outbreak of epidemics and diseases. From this point on, Kuwait has given a top priority to the health sector, which gets 6 percent of the State’s budget, so as to provide better services to citizens and expats. Kuwait has spared no efforts, through its institutions, to generalize healthy and cultural awareness among citizens in a bid to upgrade the country by developing this key sector.
The budget allocated to the Ministry of Health aims to develop hospitals, achieve healthcare and prevention and train doctors and nurses on modern ways in the medical field for better services provided to all patients. Kuwait seeks to benefit from global and regional expertise to execute it in the health insurance project for both citizens and expats. Also among Kuwait’s medical achievements is setting up a number of institutions, including the Public Authority for Food and Nutrition (PAFN), tasked with overseeing food and nutrition across the country.
Established on May 16, 2013, the PAFN is considered the only umbrella that supervises directly nutrition and works on improving it according to the global standards. It also looks into grievances filed against the violators. Kuwait has succeeded over the last years in implementing priorities endorsed by the WHO like strengthening health systems to improve health outcomes, completing the control of communicable and non-communicable diseases, mother and children health and emergency.
Kuwait is a leading country in taking required precautions in order to combat viruses like corona and Ebola. It also has cut a long path in detection of cancer and launched awareness campaigns on its risks and treatment. Due to outstanding efforts of its government in the organization, Kuwait became a member of the Executive Board of WHO in 1980-83 and in 1994-97.