During his visit Lord Darzi called on the Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, SEM Abdelmalek Boudiaf, and held separate discussions with officials at the Ministry. He also visited the Pierre & Marie Curie Centre Anti-Cancereux in Algiers, where he met senior members of staff and was able to make a visit to the various departments of the Centre. Lord Darzi greatly appreciated this opportunity to see for himself the facilities available to the Algerian people.
The British Embassy in Algiers is increasingly prioritising the United Kingdom’s engagement in the healthcare sector in Algeria, and Lord Darzi’s visit represents the latest step on that path. A team from the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform will attend the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) in Doha, Qatar, on 10-11 December 2013. Lord Darzi is one of the organisers of WISH, which will also be attended by members of the British Royal Family, the Mayor of London Mr Boris Johnson, and 300 senior figures from the global heathcare community.
British Ambassador Martyn Roper said:
“I was very pleased to welcome such a renowned British expert as Lord Darzi to Algiers for his first visit to this part of the world. His visit is another strong indicator of the deepening of bilateral relations into new areas in a spirit of partnership and mutual learning. Lord Darzi was invited back to Algeria by His Excellency M Boudiaf and he will return in the New Year. The UK and Algeria have much in common in health care services to their peoples and there is much we can learn from each other. Cooperation in the health sector already includes pharmaceuticals and hospital construction/management and the UK would be pleased to be a partner of Algeria in supporting its new strategy for cancer.’’