Macroeconomics and Health (CMH)

MacroHealth Newsletter

No. 6 October 2003


Rwanda’s workplan receives funding

Rwanda has just received funding for organizing the preparatory phase of its macroeconomics and health workplan, which has two main components. First, the CMH Report concepts will be widely disseminated and there will be an investigation on how to apply them to the country’s circumstances. This will require defining the key messages that will interest various stakeholders and identifying appropriate forums for promoting the CMH concepts and messages. And second, Rwanda will seek to identify the most effective institutional mechanisms to support the creation and full implementation of a multisectoral health investment plan. An adviser from Columbia University is now in place in Rwanda to provide support as the country takes forward macroeconomics and health work.

Caribbean Commission on Health and Development launched

The Caribbean Commission on Health and Development, chaired by Sir George Alleyne, was launched on 22 September 2003 in Washington, D.C. At the launch, Sir George said the new Commission will be responsible for providing guidance on establishing priorities for health financing in the 15 countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He added that the new Commission must advocate for high-level political commitment to health and must produce credible recommendations for expanding essential health services. An important task for the Commission is partnership building, which will be advanced through multi-sectoral workshops in member states. The launch followed the Commission’s inaugural meeting on 8 - 9 September 2003. All ten Commissioners were present at this meeting, which resulted in the establishment of an agenda and elaboration of plans of action for the Commission’s work.

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