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Israel and Arab Delegates at W.h.o. Parley Agree on Cooperative Health Programs

Cooperative efforts toward solving urgent health problems of the Middle East, including the exchange of expert personnel and the pooling of training facilities, were agreed upon by the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean regional committee before its adjournment over the week-end, it was disclosed today.

Israel and several other countries, including Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Pakistan, offered to put their scientific institutions and medical and nursing schools at the disposal of the W.H.O. Israel volunteered to conduct research on malaria and various virus diseases for the whole area.

The committee unanimously accepted a proposal by Dr. G. Mer of Israel that government health bodies immediately undertake negotiations leading to “intra-regional interchange of technical personnel so that the region’s resources may be most efficiently deployed.” The plan, which was seconded by Iraq, is expected to broaden the experience of health personnel in the region and to permit full use of facilities available in the Middle East.