National health plan being launched

Minister for Health Julius Timothy. * Photo credit:

The Ministry of Health is today launching its strategic plan for health with the theme “Investing in Health – Building a Safer Future.”

The four-volume document is being launched at the Fort Young Hotel.

According to a statement from the ministry, “the National Strategic Plan for Health describes the challenges currently faced by the health system and sets out new directions for the system over the next 10 years”.

“The plan delineates the major long-term goals for the health system and identifies the objectives, actions, and targets which will be pursued over the next 10 years. This plan is consistent with the broader social policy directions of the government expressed in the medium term Growth and Social Protection Strategy (GSPS).

“It outlines five strategic directions which provide the overarching framework for action on health. They are:  population health, determinants of health, health systems, health services and resources for health. It also provides a framework for all partners in the health system to link their policy decisions and investments to health outcomes,” the Ministry of Health stated.

The strategic plan for health was compiled by Dominica’s health officials and other individuals from the public and private sectors. The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) provided financial and technical assistance for the preparation of this plan, the ministry stated.

Minister for Health Julius Timothy will officially launch the plan.

President Dr. Nicholas Liverpool, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, PAHO/WHO Regional Representative Dr. Gabriel Vivas, the medical fraternity and other government officials were expected to attend, according to the ministry.

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  1. Free Thinker
    November 24, 2010

    Congratulations ! Very good move.  NOW lets put the plan into action!! I am ready to do my part.

  2. "better mus come"
    November 24, 2010

    mr.minister thumps up for your ministry,whiles you at it there is a need for a new genarator at the pmh.give thanks

  3. Jno Charles
    November 24, 2010

    Thats VVVV good news……will they mension it on MAt ? oh no./

  4. commentator
    November 24, 2010

    is this going to be published? I would love to pore over it. Did it go to consultation? a very important part of the process. Was the public asked what they want for the health of the nation?
    Please Mr Minister.
    Transparency in government please? Good start though. At least we have a plan. Identify resources for this plan?

  5. Reader
    November 24, 2010

    That’s fantastic! Thumbs up to the Ministry of Health for putting together a strategic plan for health.

    November 22, 2010

    Congratulations to the team, I would like to see this health plan especially the area that deals with Sexual and Reproductive Health, for some reason our policy makers seem to be sweeping that aspect of health under the carpet I hope that this strategic plan addresses it.

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