A three-day conference “National Forum on Revitalizing Public Health: Working Together for a Healthier Nation” has commenced at Paradise Island Resort today. This conference was inaugurated by the Vice President of Maldives Honorable Faisal Naseem.
The main objectives of this conference include; sensitizing policymakers on the need for, and the impact of, investing in public health for national development and inclusion of preventive/public health in all policies across the government and national institutions, and on the urgency on accelerating evidence-based public health measures to meet the SDGs, Sharing lessons and opportunities for multi-sectoral collaboration and community partnerships to provide healthy living/working environments and empowering families for their health and to discuss strategic pathways to integrate full spectrum of public health services, in particular, primary and preventive health care, to create continuum of care/services from pro-motive, preventive to curative and rehabilitative services.
The main themes for discussions in this forum include; Multisectoral and community partnerships, Re-orienting Health Services, Human Resources for Public Health, Policy and Financing and Evidence based communication for public health. The strategic direction for the discussion will focus on achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDGs) with strategic direction as per the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) 2019-23 of the Government.
The main outputs from this conference is a Public Health Charter and a Road map to revitalize public health in Maldives. The outcomes perceived to be achieved include a strengthened relationship between national and international stakeholders and better understanding of public health issues and commitment to implement public health in a holistic manner. MoH is working to transform year 2020 in to the year of public health.