Republic of Moldova hosts launch of global initiative to improve participatory dialogue on health reforms
A global WHO/European Union (EU) initiative to support “policy dialogue on national health policies, strategies and plans” was launched on 24 April 2012 on the premises of the Ministry of Health. The partnership aims to improve participatory dialogue on developing, negotiating, implementing and evaluating comprehensive health policies with a view to promoting universal coverage, people-centred primary care, and health in all policies. It aims to strengthen country processes and where appropriate also aid effectiveness.
The launching event was attended by Dr. Andrei Usatîi, Minister of Health, His Excellency Ambassador Dirk Schuebel, Head of the European Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, and Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative to the Republic of Moldova.
Responding to local and patient needs
“The Ministry of Health appreciates this joint initiative as an extremely important one in ensuring a proper dialogue on on-going and planned health reforms with local authorities and other partners,” said Dr. Andrei Usatii, Minister of Health. “It will help us in periodically evaluating the achievements and identifying the way forward in priority areas”. Dr. Usatii also thanked the two key partners − WHO and the European Union − for their significant support to the health sector in past years, including through joint actions.
His Excellency Ambassador Dirk Schuebel in turn mentioned: “The global EU initiative will use individual approaches in each benefiting country in order to better respond to local needs”. Referring to the Republic of Moldova, the Ambassador also pointed out: “The current initiative will complement the other two on-going ones channelled through WHO and will serve as a good opportunity for building regional partnerships with EU institutions, using also effectively the technical expertise from WHO.”
“During the first year the available funds will be used to organize a National Health Forum, two policy dialogues on priority issues (improving health financing arrangements and access to medicines), and sub-national policy workshops with decision makers. It will also support evidence generation in the field of mother and child health care,” mentioned Dr Jarno Habicht, WHO Representative, and added: “We hope that all our joint initiatives will contribute to overall improvement in the health situation and response to real patient needs. We have selected the topics in the current reform agenda and aim to be responsive also to the needs in 2013 and 2014.”
The initiative in the Republic of Moldova is part of a broader WHO/EU-supported action implemented in seven countries in its first phase, namely: Liberia, Republic of Moldova, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Togo, Tunisia and Vietnam. The programme is projected to expand to additional countries in most of the WHO regions of the world in coming years.
The current work programme is channelled through WHO, thereby benefiting from the technical and policy capacity available at three levels of the organization (headquarters, regional offices and country offices). The overall objective of the initiative is improved health sector results in selected countries. Its specific objectives are:
- to support development and implementation of robust national health policies, strategies and plans;
- to strengthen the capacity of national stakeholders in order to promote effective structured health policy dialogue; and
- to ensure that international and national stakeholders are increasingly aligned, and donors increasingly harmonized around national health policies, strategies and plans.