Vietnamese Health Minister Nguyen Quoc Trieu discussed with regional counterparts the emergence of resistance to artemisinin, one of the key anti-malaria drugs, in Geneva on May 16.

The discussions, with the Lao, Myanmar, Thai, Cambodian, and Chinese health ministers, and President of the Bill & Melinda Gates Fund Bill Gates were held on the sidelines of the 64 th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA).

WHA is the highest decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The newly-emerging resistance to artemisinin could spark a potentially catastrophic situation that would make the world lose its best treatment against malaria.

Also on May 16, Minister Trieu sent a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, underlining the Vietnamese government’s support for the global strategy for maternal and child healthcare launched last September.

He delivered a speech at the WHA’s 64 th session on May 17./.