Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social
Jaime Matute, Adviser to the Minister's Office and Coordinator of Cooperation and International Relations, emphasized that the design of strategies and priority projects for the sector aided in international cooperation contributing to the strengthening of the health system.
Press Bulletin No. 091, 2018
- In the last 8 years, over 80 million dollars were mobilized through 65 international partnerships.
Bogotá, August 3, 2018. International partners, including embassies, agencies of the United Nations System, bilateral international cooperation agencies and non-governmental organizations the Ministry of Health and Social Protection presented a report on the management which was carried out during the last 8 years in the area of cooperation and international relations.
Jaime Matute, Adviser to the Minister's Office and Coordinator of Cooperation and International Relations, emphasized that the design of strategies and priority projects for the sector aided in international cooperation contributing to the strengthening of the health system, to the closing of equity gaps, to the direct care to the community and knowledge management. "During the period it was possible to mobilize more than 80 million dollars through more than 65 international partnerships."
He said that under the leadership of Minister Alejandro Gaviria, the sector successfully advocated in relevant global debates, such as equitable access to medicines, addressing public health to the world drug problem, and the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.
During the meeting, directors and advisors from the Minister's Office presented sector advances that were strategic for the construction of public and sectoral policies. Bibiana María Quiroga, Head of the Advisory Office of Planning and Sectoral Studies, mentioned the achievement of universal coverage, among other outstanding sector issues.
On the other hand, Ana María Peñuela, Adviser of the Minister's Office, stated that the coordination with cooperation enhanced the technical work that was reflected in aspects such as the preparation of comprehensive care pathways for some health events and the promotion of policies focused on issues such as prevention of teen pregnancy, prevention of psychoactive substance use and the double burden of malnutrition.
Likewise, the achievements of the Comprehensive Healthcare Model (MIAS) were presented, specifically in Guainía, where the Model has been implemented since 2015 and has allowed the development of telemedicine, the implementation of specialties in family medicine and intercultural work through traditional and ancestral medicine.
The project "Health for Peace: Strengthening Communities" stood out as a health strategy that has made it possible to reach 26 municipalities, where the Territorial Training and Reintegration Spaces (ETCR) are located. The training of public health auxiliaries, the realization of health brigades and the delivery of supplies were prioritized by this initiative, and which were focused on maternal and child health, the prevention of psychoactive substance use, nutrition and mental health.
Likewise, emphasis was placed on the development of public policy on medicines. Carolina Gómez, Director of Medicines and Health Technologies, emphasized that cooperation in pharmaceutical policy allowed the country to achieve sector legitimacy in different scenarios and was characterized by always being agreed and among peers, to contribute to the drug pricing policy and to health regulations.
Participants appreciated the space and mentioned that the Ministry will continue to be a strategic partner. They recognized the progress and pointed out the importance of continuing to work on closing health gaps, on high priority issues such as care to migrant population from Venezuela and the need to act inter-agency to ensure the sustainability of progress already achieved in different territories of the country.
The meeting was attended, among others, by delegates from the French Development Agency, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Embassies of Denmark, the United States, Korea, the Netherlands and Brazil, as well as USAID, the IOM, the UNFPA, the World Food Programme, the UN Multidonor Fund, and the organization Médicos del Mundo.
"There are many lessons learned jointly and they should guide our future work, within the framework of the priorities of the health sector and with the common purpose of moving forward towards development, peace and equity in the country," said Coordinator Matute.
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