Jamaican Health Ministry Embraces Results Based Budget Training

6 Oct 2021
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Kingston, Jamaica, October 6, 2021 (PAHO/WHO) - The Jamaican Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) has embraced international training on Medium-Term Results Based Budgeting (MTRBB), with almost 80 staff members island-wide participating in an intensive four-week programme set to run from Tuesday, September 21 to Friday, October 15.

The MTRBB training strengthens the Ministry’s Public Finance management capacity. Together with diagnostic budget analyses, development of financial simulation models and budget tracking systems, this training will enable improved prioritization of funds to services that affect the most vulnerable. The training also contributes to the activities of the Public Financial Management Reform Action Plan, and the Change Management Plan of the Government of Jamaica.

Permanent Secretary at the MoHW, Mr. Dunstan Bryan, while speaking at the introductory session shared, “Medium-Term Results Based Budgeting (MTRBB) has long been part of a conversation within the Government of Jamaica. This project is therefore timely because it links the achievement of health targets to programmes that improve the lives of Jamaicans.”

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) works directly with the MoHW to facilitate transformation of the health systems and services.

Mr. Ian Stein, Representative of the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization serving Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands said, “PAHO is dedicated to supporting the efficient, effective and equitable resource allocation of health services for all Jamaicans. Our support to the MTRBB training assists the Ministry’s achievement of key international health priorities, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the targets for the country’s national outcomes reflected in Jamaica Vision 2030.”

The MTRBB is funded by the SDG Financing Joint Programme in Jamaica. It is designed to accelerate Jamaica’s advancement toward the achievement of critical developmental milestones through the realization of key SDG targets. The Programme strengthens the public finance management capacity of the Ministries of Finance and the Public Service; Education, Youth and Information; and Health and Wellness. The programme is a US $1M investment implemented by the United Nations in Jamaica through PAHO-WHO, UNICEF and UNDP.