David Nabarro spoke by video at a Commonwealth Secretariat meeting Strengthening Health protection policy within Health Systems held at Marlborough house on the 18th August.
The meeting was aimed at aimed at Identifying opportunities for strengthening Health protection policy within Health Systems for Universal Health Coverage building on wider work on the agenda over the past year including following the recent Commonwealth Health Ministers meeting in May 2016 on Health security and Universal Health Coverage. The meeting contributes to next year’s agenda for Ministers on the theme of “Sustainable Financing of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as an Essential Component for Global Security Including the Reduction of All Forms of Violence”.
Those attending explored options for extending country capacity including through the application of the Health Protection policy toolkit which has been trialled initially in Sierra Leone as part of the post Ebola response. The next steps of this approach was explored with other countries to address a wider range of challenges including climate change, AMR, Malaria and Zika. The importance of a clear narrative and coherent approach to strengthening health protection policy was emphasised.
Presentation slides from the meeting will be made available through this page on the health hub in due course.