(2007; 28 pages)
This health policy draws attention to nationally agreed priorities, on which the efforts of all concerned partners shall concentrate.. The Ministry knows well that capacity and resources are in very short supply, that dispersing attention on many fronts could jeopardize true progress, and that many issues cannot be properly tackled until the foundations of a functioning health sector are properly laid down. Thus, the most urgent priorities will be addressed first, and other less pressing, but equally important challenges will be addressed in the near future, once the system has acquired additional capacity.
In summary, the health sector faces two huge, competing challenges:
- Expanding access to basic health care of acceptable quality. This will be possible only by attracting additional investments in infrastructure, human resource development, and management systems, and resources to fund recurrent expenditures; by reducing systemic inefficiencies and improving operations management.
- Establishing the building blocks of an equitable, effective, efficient, responsive, and sustainable health care delivery system.
The adhesion to a shared health policy by partners currently engaged in the health sector and of new entrants is a precondition for progress. Some sub-sector policies shall be presented as separate meta-policies, because of their special features and unique response requirements.
The National Health Plan is the instrument devoted to the implementation of this policy, and the documents should be considered together and jointly evaluated.