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Brunei participates in the Commonwealth health meeting

By Vaseline May27,2024
Brunei participates in the Commonwealth health meeting

The 36th Meeting of Commonwealth Health Ministers (CHMM36) met on 25 May in Geneva, Switzerland, attended by Health Ministers, representatives and senior officials from Commonwealth Member States, to discuss cooperation in strengthening the healthcare system and preparedness to address public health emergencies.

The Sultanate was represented by Brunei Darussalam’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva Dayangku Hajah Mazlizah binti Pengiran Haji Mahalee.

The meeting was themed ‘Active solutions to build resilience in healthcare systems across the Commonwealth, with a focus on small and vulnerable states’, based on the principle of universal healthcare coverage that strengthens the healthcare system to build the resilience of countries, including small and protect vulnerable countries from various public health threats, in addition to maintaining access to quality essential healthcare services.

The meeting highlighted the opportunity to explore and facilitate high-level dialogue in a more practical way in an effort to further strengthen healthcare system resilience among Commonwealth countries. The financial resources and available human workforce were taken into account to form a robust governance structure and information systems to address public health threats.

The meeting discussed several agendas, namely defining the link between climate and health and the opportunities to build integrated and resilient healthcare systems; strengthening the capacity and capabilities of the health and social care workforce for more resilient healthcare systems; developing the Commonwealth position on the implementation of the High Level Political Declarations on UHC, Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPPR) and Tuberculosis; and increasing the resilience of the healthcare system to tackle the growing burden of non-communicable diseases.

The meeting ended with an agreement to adopt the Commonwealth Ministers’ Meeting 36 Declaration of Health, which sets out priorities on key principles, shares recommendations and secures the involvement of Member States.

The meeting also prepared recommendations to be presented to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to take place in Samoa in October. – Azlan Othman

Brunei participates in the Commonwealth health meeting
Brunei Darussalam Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Dayangku Hajah Mazlizah binti Pengiran Haji Mahalee. PHOTO: MOH

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