Alliance Champion Lord Crisp at the 2010 Commonwealth Health Ministers annual meeting

Alliance champion Lord Nigel Crisp participated at the recently concluded 2010 Commonwealth Health Ministers annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, where he spoke on health systems strengthening. The theme of the Meeting was ‘The Commonwealth and the Health MDGs by 2015’.

Ministers at the meeting called on the global community, especially the G8 and G20, to support maternal and newborn health programmes, and to meet MDGs 4 and 5. They particularly called for support to meet the target of 90 per cent of births being attended by skilled health workers by 2015.

Lord Crisp's presentation focused on how health systems can be strengthened to meet the MDGs, highlighting the need for co-development and mutual learning between richer and poorer countries, as outlined in Crisp's new book "Turning the world upside down".

The 2010 meeting closed with the adoption of a Ministerial Statement on the MDGs, available below.

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