WHO Convened Health workers and Media Workshops for Somalia closer to universal health coverage

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Mareeg.com-Despite, the WHO Representative’s Office in Somalia always supports the Government, Civil society organizations and health authorities at central and local level in strengthening health services, addressing public health issues and supporting and promoting research for health whereas her operations in Somalia was expanded recently to develop health workers and media professionals.

On 20 April 2018 – WHO concluded a special one-day seminar on enhancing universal health coverage for Somali people, with commitment from all parties to develop a roadmap in the coming months. Universal health coverage means ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential, quality health services, without facing financial hardship.

The seminar, held in Nairobi on 19 April 2018, was attended by representatives from the Governments of Somalia, Sudan, Kenya and Japan; health partners including United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Media professionals, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Care International and Somali health NGO consortium representatives; and donors including United Kingdom Department of International Development (DFID), member associations from the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) including Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (MESHA-kenya) and the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) the United States Agency for International Development and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Dr Ghulam Popal, WHO Representative for Somalia launched the event by stating the importance of universal health coverage for Somali people, and the opportunity presented by the seminar for building a platform to improve health, both in Somalia and Eastern Africa in general.

“It is critical for Somalia to take action, learning from the experiences shared by Sudan and Kenya, and we join hands with our partners to support Somalia in achieving universal health coverage for Somali people,” Dr Popal said.

Similarly it was on 29 March 2018 – WHO concluded a 4-day training workshop today for Somalia’s disease surveillance officers on the use of the newly updated electronic platform for disease early warning systems (EWARN), in order to improve the national capacity to detect health threats in real-time, and respond quickly to public health threats across the country to read more results click here

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