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25/03/2017 11:01:48

Haiti - Politics : The new Minister of Health promises...
Dr. Marie Gréta Roy Clement, the new Minister of Public Health and Population, installed Wednesday by Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, promised to revitalize the health sector in Haiti and affirmed "Correct, amend, innovate, improve are the verbs we are going to conjugate at all times during my passage at the head of the Ministry of Health [...]"

Minister Clément promises to act to restore the image of a sector weakened by repeated strikes and hospitals that have become medical deserts. She ensures that the Ministry will ensure the leadership of the sector invites partners to "continue to provide technical and financial support, but also to readjust their assistance in line with the priorities of the ministry."

She said she also wanted the interventions on the ground to be carried out in accordance with the activities of the Departmental Health Directorate (DDS), aligned with the realities of each entity.

Aware of the many challenges ahead, between President Moïse' promises and the Prime Minister's roadmap, she intends to convince Parliament of the urgent need to review the redistribution of the national budget by allowing the Ministry of Health to get closer of the 15% recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to be able to fulfill President Moïse' many campaign promises expressed in Prime Minister Lafontant's Policy Statement, which had mentioned 19 commitments "[...] In order to realize the campaign promises made by the President of the Republic and realize the major strategic objectives enshrined in his investiture speech, in the field of public health, my government will direct its interventions towards 19 actions :

  • Improving access to health care with the construction or rehabilitation of health facilities ;
  • The strengthening of the managerial capacities of the Ministry of Public Health and Population ;
  • The optimal functioning of institutions in terms of management of services and available resources ;
  • The strengthening of the National Ambulance Ce ;
  • The strengthening of the management of emergencies at the level of departmental hospitals ;
  • The transformation of some hospitals into university hospitals and particularly outside of Port-au-Prince ;
  • The strengthening of priority health programs targeting the most vulnerable groups, while improving the quality of management of common pathologies and diseases ;
  • The acceleration of the fight for the elimination of cholera ;
  • The consolidation of the achievements of the programs for the prevention and control of communicable diseases and the intensification of the fight against emerging and endemic diseases ;
  • The strengthening of prevention, hygiene and sanitation promotion ;
  • Strengthening of dentistry ;
  • The supervision of practitioners of traditional medicine and the setting up of training programs on medicinal plants ;
  • The establishment of a universal health insurance program ;
  • The implementation of the national policy of Pharmacy and Medicines ;
  • The reform of hospital management ;
  • The establishment of the community health program ;
  • The strengthening of priority programs, such as maternal and child health, to reduce maternal and infant mortality ;
  • The organization of the States General of Health in order to identify the strategies that will enable our country to have a health system at least comparable to those of our neighbors of the Caribbean ;
  • The revision of the salary scale for hospital staff.

To achieve this, in addition to the financial resources and adequate infrastructure, a partnership between public universities and hospitals is necessary. Policies will be put in place to strengthen basic training and increase the number of our medical specialists.. »

Download the General Policy : http://www.haitilibre.com/docs/declaration-de-politique-generale-lafontant.pdf

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