Global Fund’s 5th Voluntary Replenishment 2017-2019’ & ‘Conference on Universal Health Coverage in the New Development Era’
16-17 Dec. 2015
The Health Minister is currently leading the Malaysian delegation to the Preparatory Meeting for the ‘Global Fund’s 5th Voluntary Replenishment 2017-2019’ & ‘Conference on Universal Health Coverage in the New Development Era’, in Tokyo, Japan from 16-17 Dec. 2015. This meeting is attended by more than 30 countries’ representatives from Governments, NGOs, researchers, private sector, World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
This morning Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe spoke on Japan’s vision for a peaceful and healthier world. The Ebola crisis in Africa is indeed a wake up call and reminder that global health issues require collective action. The world must unite and countries must establish resilient and sustainable health systems, ensuring that each individual rich or poor is secure and receives the highest attainable standard of health. The global health priorities must be able to respond to public health crisis and to rebuild resilient and sustainable health systems. Moving from the Millenium Development Goals (MDG) – a narrowed and vertical focus; to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) – a horizontal and broad focus approach; would allow us to redesign our health systems towards building resilient and sustainable health systems for universal health coverage in the new development era.
Among other pertinent points that were put across this morning:
- Global health faces massive challenges in prioritising its agendas to achieve tangible results.
- Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as part of the strategy to promote global health. However, we have to admit we have not done well as far as UHC is concerned globally. Malaysia has a fairly developed health system which has long achieved UHC in an equitable manner through public financing by general taxation revenue and in public delivered health services. In 2011, about 90% of Malaysia’s population have a health facility within 5 km of their residence.
- Equitable, inclusive and resilient health system to absorb global health shocks
- A runaway lethal virus may create global outbreaks in weak healthcare systems. In Ebola outbreak countries, they did not have International Health Regulations (IHR) core capacity
- The glorious day of MDG to SDG will help countries redesign, improve and implement UHC taking into account national capacity and development
For the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016 to 2020), Malaysia remains committed to improving universal access to quality healthcare by continuing efforts to strengthen the healthcare system. This will ensure that every Malaysian can have equal access to affordable and good quality healthcare services.
Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah
Director General of Health Malaysia
16th December 2015