National Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) Core Health Indicators
25th January 2017- Ministry of Health with support from WHO Country office, organized the National Workshop on “Sustainable Development Goals-Core Health Indicators” on 25th January. State Minister Hon Hussain Rasheed acknowledged WHO continuing overall technical support and especially for the workshop as this being the first sectoral SDG workshop. WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur shared the landscape of Health in SDGs while Dr Abdulla Nassem, Senior Policy Executive of Ministry of Environment and Energy- the focal Ministry of SDGs in Maldives; shared their plan of implementing and monitoring SDGs.
The Sustainable Development Goals are a set of seventeen aspirational Goals with one hundred and sixty nine targets. With focus on Goal 3 and its linkages with other health related indicators amongst these Goals, the National Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals Core Health Indicators was held in Maldives- the first sectoral workshop on SDG coordinated by Policy Planning and International Health (PIH) Division of Ministry of Health with technical support from WHO Maldives. The objective of conducting the workshop was to localize the core health indicators, review the baselines, revise and create realistic targets for the indicators including the monitoring and evaluation framework for the SDG Core Health Indicators. The Workshop also provided a platform to identify the relevant stakeholders for efficient implementation of health related sustainable development goals.
The inauguration ceremony of the workshop was addressed by Honorable State Minister of Health Mr Hussain Rasheed, WHO Representative to Maldives Dr Arvind Mathur and Senior Policy Executive of the Ministry of Environment and Energy Dr Abdulla Naseem. More than 75 participants including state ministers, Permanent Secretary, DG Public Health from Ministries of Health and representatives from Ministry of Gender and Family, Education, Sports and Youth, Academia, UN agencies, International and National organizations participated in the workshop. Dr Mark Landry, Regional Advisor, Health Situation and Trend Assessment Department of Health Systems Development, WHO SEARO was the chief resource person and was facilitated by Deputy Director General of PIH.
During his speech, the Honorable State Minister of Health requested participants for constructive feedback for the monitoring and evaluation framework and thanked WHO and UN for their long five decade long presence in the country and continuous support. WHO Representative Dr Arvind Mathur discussed about the landscape of health related sustainable goals with the aid of a presentation and provided guidance on ways to go about with the implementation and monitoring of health related sustainable development.
The workshop delivered an ample opportunity for the participants representing twenty eight organizations to converse and provide feedback for the proposed monitoring and evaluation framework to implement the sustainable development goals with focus on health at the core of these goals.