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With PAHO support, health authorities are engaging other sectors in dialogues on the best way forward to ensure equitable access to quality care for everyone
Washington, D.C., 16 July 2014 (PAHO/WHO) - The countries of the Americas are holding national consultations to discuss the way forward to reach universal health coverage, with the support of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
National health authorities and other health sector actors are participating in the dialogues, which will help shape a regional roadmap for achieving universal health coverage that will be submitted for the approval of the 53rd PAHO Directing Council in September. Consultations have already been held in 27 countries and are scheduled to be held in four others in the coming weeks.
"Universal health coverage is a means to attain health and well-being for all people. It is based on the right of every person to enjoy optimal health, with equity and solidarity, and it is responsibility of all governments," said PAHO/WHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. "PAHO is supporting national, subregional, and regional consultations that facilitate a broad dialogue so that all the voices of the Americas, including those of the most vulnerable groups, can be heard during this process."
Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 17:06
A National Cancer Stakeholders Consultation, convened by the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization Office, Belize, takes place on July 1 and 2, 2014, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel, Belize City.
The objectives of the meeting were to define a national policy direction for the Ministry of Health in regards to the Comprehensive Cancer Plan and to come to a consensus as to the policy and service priorities to address cancer. Intrinsic considerations to the discussion were the sustainability of services, human resource capacity limitations, increasing demand of services and limited response within the country. A secondary objective was to discuss the feasibility of forming a National Coordinating Committee to assist the Ministry of Health in moving forward with the implementation of the Plan.
Participants from around the country were present and represented the Belize Cancer Society, the Ministry of Health, two NGOs, the Dangriga Cancer Center, the Palliative Care Foundation, the BlissfulSage Foundation, and Helpage.