SEYCHELLES: HEALTH/SNA/7/2/18 SABANews 1
VICTORIA – SEYCHELLES and the World Health Organisation, WHO, have renewed an agreement to improve health systems in key areas for the next TWO years in the INDIAN Ocean island nation.
The SEYCHELLES News Agency says the deal will help finance key developments worth up to 739-THOUSAND-600 US dollars after the previous plan ended last DECEMBER.
It quotes Health Minister JEAN-PAUL ADAM as saying focus is on key priorities such as communicable and non-communicable diseases, health promotion, health system strengthening and disease preparedness, surveillance and response.
He says WHO will provide funding and technical support for other health priorities the government has identified, as well as other issues that arise during the TWO years.
Minister ADAM says the scheme provides a clear framework for WHO technical cooperation for the period, and will help in the implementation of a health strategic plan and capacity building.
WHO Liaison Officer TENIIN GAKURUH says funds provided in the work plan are only part of the support in the health sector that the organisation is providing to the island nation.
WHO has so far played an active role to improve the health system in SEYCHELLES and has even commended steps taken to increase equity to access by making health services free.
Minister ADAM says the global agency also helped his country set up a preventative and rapid response program during the plague outbreak, which swept MADAGASCAR recently.
The WHO Liaison Officer says SEYCHELLES is on its way to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and has good prospect to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
A 2013 report says the island nation has already achieved THREE out of the EIGHT goals: the Universal Primary Education, the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, and the Maternal Health.
SEYCHELLES is on track to Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; Reduce Child Mortality; Combat HIV and AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases; Ensure Environmental Sustainability and Develop Global Partnerships for Development./Sabanews/cam