Macroeconomics and Health at the International Medical Parliamentarians' Conference - December 2004
The CMH Executive Secretary, Dr Sergio Spinaci, addressed parliamentarians on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their relationship to health and development policy, with the aim of fostering collaboration with parliamentarians' associations towards achieving health and development goals. The presentation was part of the International Medical Parliamentarians' Conference With Asian Focus, held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 13 to 14 December 2004.
Spinaci emphasized that all of the MDGs are related, and urged taking a broad look at the underlying causes of poverty and ill health and dealing with them in a comprehensive approach to health and development. He noted that parliamentarians have an important role to play, specifically in advocacy, supporting the mobilization of resources for health, reviewing and monitoring existing health policies and strategies, influencing legislation in support of pro-poor health policies, and fostering a partnership between government and civil society. Response was very positive from the approximately 100 parliamentarians, most from the Asian region, who attended the meeting.