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WHO Sierra Leone concludes joint 2022-2023 operational planning retreat with Ministry of Health and Sanitation

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WHO Sierra Leone concludes joint 2022-2023 operational planning retreat with Ministry of Health and Sanitation

The retreat was an additional opportunity for the teams to further strengthen the existing partnership between WHO and the Ministry of Health.

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), October 11, 2021 / APO Group / –

The World Health Organization country office in Sierra Leone concluded a two-day high-level technical and operational planning retreat with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to develop and validate key plan priorities biennial operational work 2022-2023 of the Organization. The consultative process facilitated strategic discussions on aligning the Organization’s activities over two years with the health priorities of the Government of Sierra Leone.

Every two years, World Health Organization country offices develop their operational plans based on the Organization’s general program of work. These activities are developed in accordance with and aligned with the priorities of their host countries. For this biennium, priority activities have been informed by the Thirteenth General Program of Work or GPW13 which defines WHO’s global strategy for the five-year period 2019-2023 (extended until 2025). It focuses on triple billion targets to achieve measurable human health impacts at country level. GPW13 aims to ensure that by 2025:

– One billion more people benefit from universal health coverage – One billion more people are better protected against health emergencies – One billion more people benefit from better health and well-being

To ensure that these global goals have significant and tangible impacts on country-level lives in Sierra Leone over the next two years, 32 senior officials from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, including the Chief Medical Officer, two Deputy Chief Medical Officers (Public Health and Clinical), Directors, Managers and Technical Managers and 22 heads of their counterparts from the WHO country office met for two days to assess progress and lessons from the implementation of the 2020-2021 biennial operational plans, and to agree and validate key country priorities and key indicators to align WHO’s 2022-2023 biennial targets with country priorities.

Discussions took place in plenary and group sessions and were led from the WHO side by the country representative, Dr Steven Shongwe and from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Chief Medical Officer Dr Thomas T Samba. Commending the government for the enabling environment and the close and friendly collaboration with WHO, Dr Shongwe reaffirmed the Organization’s continued commitment to support the country’s health program and its aspiration to improve the quality of delivery. health services to ensure that no one is left behind. “Planning with national health authorities is not an option for WHO. It is a mandate that we must fulfill, ”says Dr Shongwe. “The ultimate goal of WHO’s role in countries is to provide the required technical support and we can only do this effectively by ensuring that there is ownership, close collaboration and cohesion between plans. of the WHO and the national health program ”.

Speaking at the meeting, as Technical Head of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Dr Samba stressed the critical importance of planning with a clear recognition of the country’s context and needs. He described the WHO country office as a secretariat of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and that the two entities will continue to work closely together to improve the health sector in Sierra Leone.

As part of the planning process, the WHO country team led by Dr Shongwe had pre-consultations with the chief medical officer and technical officials from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to begin ‘agreement on strategic issues related to planning, monitoring and coordination. This high-level engagement was followed by bilateral consultations between the respective technical units of WHO and their counterparts in the technical area of ​​the Ministry of Health, where they discussed their priority activities to be included in the biennial plan to be presented at the meeting. retirement.

The retreat was another opportunity for the teams to further strengthen the existing partnership between WHO and the Ministry of Health and also facilitated rich contributions that are used in the development of the WHO biennial plan.

Technical discussions for this successful planning retreat were led by Dr Francis Smart, Director of Policy, Planning and Information at the Department of Health and Sanitation, in collaboration with group leaders from the WHO and the Office of Program Management. At the end of the two days, the strategic priorities were defined, the recommendations made and the mechanisms for a regular joint follow-up by WHO and the Ministry of Health of the implementation of the work plan and the evaluation of the results. progress were discussed.

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