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HEALTH FOR PEACE INITIATIVE. LESSONS FOR EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. Senegal. The Gambia. Guinea Bissau. Guinea. CONCEPT. Commitment to address priority concerns of populations through health

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HEALTH FOR PEACE INITIATIVE

LESSONS FOR EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Presented by Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On Behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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Senegal

The Gambia

Guinea Bissau

Guinea

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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CONCEPT

  • Commitment to address priority concerns of populations through health

  • Health as bridge linking countries for social and economic development within a peaceful environment

  • Framework for a Sub-regional Initiative

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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BACKGROUND

  • The general health profile of the four countries is

  • characterised by:

  • High infant & under-five mortality rates

  • High population growth & fertility rates

  • Low life expectancy

  • High prevalence of endemic communicable diseases (malaria, acute respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, etc)

  • HIV/AIDS/ and other sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and meningitis

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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HEALTH INDICATORS OF PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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GOAL & OBJECTIVE OF THE HEALTH FOR PEACE INITIATIVE

  • GOAL

  • Build peace in the Sub-region through

  • promoting health

  • OBJECTIVES

  • Strengthen co-operation in health among

  • countries

  • Improve coverage and effectiveness of targeted areas of co-operation

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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FEATURES OF THE INITIATIVE (I)

  • Institutional Framework

  • Heads of States Level - Leadership, Political & Financial Support

  • Ministers of Health Level - Policy, Overall Co-ordination, Resource Mobilisation & Agreed Plan of Action

  • Technical Officers Level - Implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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FEATURES OF THE INITIATIVE (II)

  • Responsibilities

  • The Gambia co-ordinates Roll Back Malaria (RBM) actions and activities

  • Guinea-Bissau co-ordinates national immunization days (NIDs)

  • Guinea (Conakry) co-ordinates management of epidemics and complex emergencies

  • Senegal co-ordinates monitoring of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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FEATURES OF THE INITIATIVE (III)

  • Overall co-ordination undertaken by Ministers of Health

  • Technical co-ordination through biannual meetings of technical officers

  • Evaluation and reporting on the progress and achievements through annual meetings of partners

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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FEATURES OF THE INITIATIVE (IV)

  • Increasing involvement of NGOs, Private Sector & Research Institutions

  • WHO at all levels (Country, Region & Headquarters) providing support

  • UNICEF providing support

  • UNDP, World Bank, European Community and other Bilaterals actively engaged

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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CROSS BORDER APPROACH (I)

  • ADVANTAGES

  • Improves health management information systems

  • Disease surveillance becomes more efficient

  • Strengthens common intervention strategies

  • Improves access to effective services by populations

  • Improves interpersonal relations between and among staff

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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CROSS BORDER APPROACH (II)

  • CHALLENGES

  • Health Policies not harmonised

  • Different official languages

  • Different political systems

  • Inadequate country budgetary allocations

  • Sub-regional instability

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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PROPOSED BUDGET2000 - 2001

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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PROGRESS TO DATE

  • PROGRESS

  • Simultaneous launching of NIDs by countries

  • Heads of State Summit in Dakar, Senegal, second quarter 2000

  • Roundtable Conference in Dakar, Senegal, second quarter, 2000

  • CONSTRAINTS

  • Difficulties in resource mobilisation

  • Different government systems

  • Instability in the Sub-region

  • Co-ordination mechanisms yet to be fully operational

By Hon. Abdoulie M Sallah

Secretary of State for Health, The Gambia

On behalf of the Sub-regional Initiative


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