The African Regional Conference of the World Health Organisation, (W.H.O.), unanimously adopted a call for?
GV National Hall, Lagos, delegates arriving (2 shots)
SV Rear Admiral Way arriving
GV Delegates in conference hall (2 shots)
GV Admiral Way seated at rostrum
SV Delegates from Ivory Coast, Guinea and Ghana (3 shots)
GV Dr. H. Mahler standing at microphone at rostrum
SV Mahler speaking (SOUND)
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Background: The African Regional Conference of the World Health Organisation, (W.H.O.), unanimously adopted a call for more training programmes for health workers in Africa, at their meeting in Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday (September 4).
Nigerian Head of State General Yakubu Gowon said shortage of skilled manpower was the greatest obstacle to development of the continent's health services. Dr. Alfred Quenum, W.H.O. Regional Director for Africa, reached the same conclusion in his annual report and reminded delegates that malaria still caused about a million deaths a year south of the Sahara.
General Gowon was in Algeria for the Non-Aligned Summit when the 23rd African Regional Conference opened in Lagos, but Vice-Admiral Joseph Way, of Nigeria's Supreme Military Council, read the speech on his behalf. 120 delegates, including health ministers from 32 African states attended.
General Gowon said the conference showed African countries determination to pull their resources together in finding solutions to their common problems. He said there was no other field where this was so important because diseases knew no boundaries and could never be controlled without international cooperation.
Dr. Halsdan Mahler, Directory General of the World Health Organisation, also stressed that increased international efforts were necessary to rid the world of poverty, disease and malnutrition.
Part of Dr. Mahler's speech, a transcript of which follows, is included in the film.