Macroeconomics and Health (CMH)

MacroHealth Newsletter


COUNTRY ACTION

INDONESIA PUSHES AHEAD WITH MACROHEALTH ETHOS

Since March 2002 the CMH report has been widely disseminated through different channels, and its Executive Summary translated into Indonesian. Country MacroHealth activities have been initiated through a “Health Working Group” which brings together a broad range of local allies such as high-level ministerial representatives, development banks, international agencies and NGOs, to push for needed reforms. As a result, health is now included in the debates of Indonesia’s Consultative Group which will meet again early next year to discuss pro-poor health services, financial incentives for service standards and private sector contribution to achieving national health goals.

BANGLADESH ADOPTS MACROHEALTH APPROACH

A high profile launch was held in Dhaka in May 2002 to promote the CMH finding that health is central to economic growth and poverty reduction. Since May, local decision-making teams from the finance and health sectors, as well as representatives from the international community, have made progress in supporting the integration of MacroHealth issues in intersectoral frameworks and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers.

MEXICO CMH UNDER WAY

The Mexican Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (CMMS) was launched in July 2002 by Secretary of Health Julio Frenk, Under-secretary of Budget Carlos Hurtado, and CMMS Head and Commissioner Nora Lustig. The first working session of the 27 national commissioners debated the objectives and responsibilities of CMMS including the completion of the national report by the summer of 2004.

MACROECONOMICS AND HEALTH PROGRESS IN SRI LANKA

Following the launch of the CMH report, Sri Lanka is debating the formation of a National Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. The proposed Commission could help identify priority areas for intervention, provide a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation, and instigate health sector actions. The WHO Representative in Sri Lanka has constituted a Core Group to examine the prevailing health situation in the context of developing health policy and functions of various components of the health sector. Detailed information on this, including the characteristics of Sri Lanka’s health system and policies are presented in a recent report entitled "Macroeconomics and Health Initiatives: Sri Lanka " produced by the WHO Office in Colombo.

CHINA WILL LAUNCH CMH REPORT IN DECEMBER

THAILAND ON COURSE TO ESTABLISH A NATIONAL HEALTH COMMISSION

Government commitment to adopt the recommendations of the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health has led to the establishment of a CMH working group to support the formation of the National Health Commission by the middle of 2003. The working group is functional under the Bureau of Health Policy and Planning of the Ministry of Health. MacroHealth work, backed by WHO-Thailand in collaboration with the South-East Asia Regional Office, focuses on national policy and strategic issues in the context of the National Health Insurance Act which aims to achieve universal health coverage.

Determined efforts by WHO’s China Office to promote CMH findings have succeeded in translating and publishing large quantities of the CMH report into Chinese. A major launch of the report is planned for 18 December this year.

GHANA TO LAUNCH THE NATIONAL COMMISSION OF MACROECONOMICS AND HEALTH

The country is moving ahead with the launch of the National Commission of Macroeconomics and Health on the 18 and 19 of November and has already completed the groundwork for developing a national strategy for scaling up priority health interventions as per CMH recommendations.

…More Country Updates in the next issue of the MacroHealth Newsletter


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