Health Organisation (WHO) and the ministry of health inaugurated national
partnership forum for health, where a World No-tobacco Day award was presented
to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
The forum was designed in consultation with the national health compact or the country compact, which targets to build on principles of the 2005 Paris Declaration (PD) on Aid Effectiveness and 2008 Accra Agenda Action (AAA).
Health minister Dr. Isatou Touray said, the instrument is a framework of engagement development between The Gambia Government and its development partners to accelerate the achievement of the Universal Access to high quality healthcare.
She said, the document is intended to act as a guide not only for the national stakeholders but also for the health development partners both current and potential.
She further said that, the intensive and consistent joint development of the National Health Sector Strategic Plan is considered reasonable to proceed with the consultations. “Hence, the forum is another milestone to actualize the momentum of partnership as the emerging new order in The Gambia health sector.”
World Health Organisation Representative Dr. Desta Tiruneh said, the health compact opens a new page in the health service governance in The Gambia, by bringing partners together under a single platform to promote health and wellbeing of the people of The Gambia.
He said World No-Tobacco Day Award is an annual award that WHO presents to individuals and institutions from around the world in recognition of their outstanding contribution to tobacco control. “In 2018, the ministry of health and social welfare was among the world’s 34th and Africa’s 6th distinguished tobacco control champions,” Dr. Desta said.