Report

The First Health Services Forum 2022

“Together We Can… For More Comprehensive Coverage and Better Services”

Report by: Haffiya Abdalla 

Achieving universal health coverage (UHC) is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Countries that progress towards UHC will make progress toward the other health-related targets, and towards the other goals.

UHC enables everyone to access the services that address the most significant causes of disease and death and ensures that the quality of those services is good enough to improve the health of the people who receive them.

The National Health Insurance Fund organized the first services health forum for the year 2022, for the managers of the branches of the National Health Insurance Fund under the slogan: “Together we can… for more comprehensive coverage and better service”  

Federal Minister of Health, Dr. Haitham Muhammad Ibrahim, said that the ministry had begun to develop health policies to strengthen the health system and health determinants to contribute to reducing the burden on the citizen, stressing the obligation to reduce the burden of rationalizing resources, providing services in the nearest place, and settling health and medical frameworks, with a focus on the most fragile states and vulnerable segments, describing the health insurance experience as one of the most successful government institutions.

Haitham stressed that access to high-quality services to citizens is one of the most important motivators to work with health insurance and provide services among the priorities of the transitional government, warning of the need for integration and partnerships and to work for hand in hand to provide services, as well as activating the supervisory role between all sides of the health sector for the benefit of citizens’ health “not a competition but an integration of roles.” Pointing out that the health insurance card is the entrance to connect the citizen with services.

Minister of Social Development, Dr. Ahmed Adam Bakheet, affirmed that the forums come within the framework of developing and evaluating performance, standing on the progress of work and overcoming obstacles, stressing the importance of the scientific process in the evaluation and the spread of health services in coordination with the federal and state health, pointing out the importance of integrating roles and working to localize subspecialties states and make use of the available resources.

Achieving UHC is one of the targets the nations of the world set when adopting the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015. Countries that progress towards UHC will make progress toward the other health-related targets, and towards the other goals.

The Director-General of the National Health Insurance Fund, Dr. Bashir Al-Mahi, announced the continuation of the implementation of the ten priorities of the transitional government, following the fund with the full methodology, optimal use of resources and expansion of services by focusing on the countryside to ensure equitable distribution and work within the framework of an integrated unified health system that includes the Fund and health alongside partners through a unified plan for comprehensive coverage.

Al-Mahi said that the partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health is one of the most successful partnerships, pointing to the identification of gaps to fill them in cooperation with the Health, noting the support of global health with funding to bridge the gap, quality of services, control of resources, provision of information, and implementation of plans and strategies.

All UN Member States have agreed to try to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Director of the General Administration of Health Services at the National Fund, Dr. Wael Ahmed Faki, praised the partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health, adding that there are many aspirations and challenges, which necessitate more efforts and implementation of all recommendations of the forum.

Improving health service coverage and health outcomes depends on the availability, accessibility, and capacity of health workers to deliver quality people-centered integrated care. Investments in quality primary health care will be the cornerstone for achieving UHC around the world. Investing in the primary health care workforce is the most cost-effective way to ensure access to essential health care will improve. Good governance, sound systems of procurement and supply of medicines and health technologies, and well-functioning health information systems are other critical elements

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