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.