PAPUA New Guinea and the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched a strategic five-year collaboration plan yesterday to improve public health outcomes in the country.
Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Michael Malabag said during the launching that the PNG-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2016-2020 came about following recommendations of the mid-term review of the National Health Plan 2011-2010 and lessons learnt from the previous collaboration plan.
Malabag said the new CCS would focus on strengthening security, systems and partner coordination in the health sector.
“The renewal of the CCS takes place at a critical time when a number of changes and challenges are facing our nation in general and the health sector in particular,” Malabag said.
“These include the introduction of severe cuts in the national budget, a new organic law decreeing further decentralisation from the provincial to the district level and the worst drought ever faced.”
WHO Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo said: “We will improve how we deliver country support through this CCS. This means placing the best people in the most demanding public health jobs, encouraging greater teamwork and ensuring demand-driven back dropping support from WHO’s regional office and headquarters.
“I trust this CCS will guide us over the next five years, in continuing our joint work to improve the health and well-being of people in Papua New Guinea.”
The strategy will help PNG achieve the unfinished agenda of the UN millennium development goals and working towards the sustainable development goals.