Extraordinary Meeting of the OIC Steering Committee on Health on COVID-19 Pandemic Issues Final Communique 2 Jeddah

Friday 1441/8/17 - 2020/04/10
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The communique expressed gratitude and appreciation to all frontline health professionals and others who are providing essential services to the people in these difficult times for their dedication and tireless efforts.
The meeting saluted the strenuous efforts made by Member States in terms of strengthening their national capabilities and medical preparedness in the face of the pandemic.
The Ministers praised the progress made by some Member States in the field of specialized laboratories, the material support they provided to the World Health Organization (WHO) and their cooperation with the international community. The meeting also noted the strict precautionary measures taken by Member States to prevent the spread of the pandemic and providing the medical and logistical capabilities to isolate and treat the suspected or infected cases among their citizens and residents.
The meeting acknowledged the important role of the religious and community leaders and Muslim scholars in raising the public awareness about personal hygiene, safe practices, and appropriate behavior as important tools to stop the spread of Covid-19 and protect lives in Member States. The meeting commended the role of OIC and its relevant organs, including the IsDB, in helping Member States to confront the coronavirus pandemic.
The meeting appreciated the OIC-ISF Urgent Initiative to Assist Member States to Confront Coronavirus Pandemic and the IsDB Strategic Preparedness and Response Facility to help the most vulnerable Member States in mitigating the negative health and socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting also appreciated SESRIC for developing, launching and regularly updating COVID-19 Pandemic Database for OIC Member States.
The meeting stressed the importance that Member States and the OIC General Secretariat intensify their efforts with the international community to enhance the international efforts to eradicate this pandemic. The participants noted with appreciation the international organizations and bodies, especially the WHO, the Global Fund (GF) and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance for the valuable efforts being made towards addressing the cross-border challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the important contribution made toward the global public health.
The meeting called upon Member States, WHO, UNICEF, GAVI, the Vaccine alliance and other relevant organizations to help accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of vaccines against COVID-19. The meeting also called upon Member States and relevant OIC institutions to actively participate in the forthcoming third replenishment of GAVI scheduled for June 2020 in the United Kingdom.
The meeting called upon the OIC General Secretariat to continue its effective coordination with the international partners to support the OIC Member States in curbing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Health Ministers took note of the Joint Statement issued by the Islamic Advisory Group (IAG) urging religious scholars, Muslim communities, and individuals to abide by Islamic teachings to protect themselves and others.
It is noteworthy that the IAG comprises the OIC General Secretariat, the International Islamic Fiqh Academy (IIFA), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and Al-Azhar Ash-Sharif. It also comprises religious scholars, technical experts, and academia from the Muslim world to promote appropriate health-seeking behaviors and enhance access to health services in light of Islamic teachings.
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