Achieving UHC through Quality Health Services, One Chapter at a time: Launching of the Maldives Healthcare Quality Standards
22nd February 2018- At a ceremony held today, the Honorable Minister of Health Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim and WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur launched the Maldives Healthcare Quality guidelines, a product which consists of rigorous work including extensive literature search, several rounds of stakeholder’s consultation and field visits to all categories of national public and private health care facilities. To support this endeavor, WHO provided catalytic support through a panel of international consultants. The National Patient Safety Committee was also inaugurated at the event. This ceremony was attended by partners and contributors from the private and public sectors.
Honorable Minister of Health expressed that the work that health professionals have been engaged in reflects the commitment and attention given to improve the health sector. “We are going in the right direction with the inauguration of the National Patient Safety Committee. It is an added bonus towards providing quality healthcare services to the nation.” In regard to the launch of the Maldives Healthcare Quality Standards, Minister stated “It would enable to sustain the quality of health services by considering the rapid changes to the external environment which is contributing direct affects to health as a whole.”
“I recall that we had a similar gathering last year where seventy plus assessors were trained in the use of this QOC framework. The experience clearly reminds us that Quality does not happen by ‘chance’” said Dr Arvind Mathur, “Also that Quality definitely costs, but poor quality costs more. It is very interesting to note that generally Quality remains invisible when it is good but is impossible to ignore when it is bad or suboptimal.”
The Maldives Healthcare Quality Standards reflect the aspiration of health administration and people of Maldives for making a major shift to a higher level of care that is holistic, comprehensive and professional. The Quality Assurance and Regulation Division (QARD) of Ministry of Health developed the document with the technical stewardship of WHO, visionary leadership of the Ministry of Health and sincere participation of hundreds of care providers. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur and his country office team, whom have tirelessly supported this endeavor with absolute passion.” said Ms Thasleema Usmaan, Deputy Director General, QARD, Ministry of Health.
WHO has been working with Ministry of Health in developing these quality standards and looks forward to continued collaboration and extending technical support for its implementation.