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Usamate Pacific Voice In Geneva

Minister for Health Jone Usamate will be the voice of the Pacific during the World Health Assembly in Geneva next month. WHO regional director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin
18 Apr 2015 13:32
Usamate Pacific Voice In Geneva

Minister for Health Jone Usamate will be the voice of the Pacific during the World Health Assembly in Geneva next month.

WHO regional director for the Western Pacific Dr Shin Young-Soo confirmed it during the closing of the 11th Pacific Health Ministers Meeting at The Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa last night.

Minister for Health in Papua New Guinea Michael Malabag, will take the important role of chairing Committee B at the assembly.

Dr Young-Soo praised the Healthy Islands Vision of the 1995 Yanuca declaration as a unifying theme to guide health development in the Pacific.

He assured that WHO remained committed to support the Pacific.

“I totally agree that strong ministerial leadership and intersectoral action are needed to realise the vision of Healthy Islands. Health is a whole of society effort and strengthened legislation is particularly crucial for protecting and improving the health of the community.”

He was pleased to see Pacific Health ministers reaffirm the importance to articulate a governance and accountability framework, and to monitor progress and achievements towards the Healthy Island vision.

“I support the plan to use existing indicators and targets already developed at the country level. In addition I am pleased to see your continued commitment to regional and international agreements such as Tobacco Free Pacific by 2025, and the International Health Regulations,” Dr Young –Soo said.

He said community empowerment was the pride of Pacific Islands as delegates saw during the field visits that the power of community participation and ownership. Community-led initiatives will also be central to the achievement of the Healthy Islands Vision.

SPC director general Dr Colin Tukuitoga said: “As consensus informs us the healthy inland vision remains valid today some 20 years since its health inception and has served as unifying and unique platform for Pacific islands countries and territories to pursue health programme at country levels.”

He said the challenges of our health system face are many but not insurmountable.

“It is critical to our regional and national abilities to address these challenges warrants revisiting the roles of the three components of Professor Matheson’s healthy island tools: the ministers, development partners and heads of health.”

The health ministers pledged their commitment to the health island vision as a unifying theme to guide health development and to chart the way forward towards the realisation of the vision.

The 12th Pacific Heath Ministers meeting will be held in the Cook Islands in 2017.

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