Speech by H.E. Dr. Nelson Martins, Minister of Health
Launching of “Haforsa Distritu iha Implementasaun Atividade Kuidadus Saude Primaria (HADIAK)
Representatives of UN Agencies supporting the Health Sector
Representatives of USAID, AusAID and other Bilateral Organisations
Representatives of National and International NGOS
Staff of the Ministry of Health
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good Morning to you all
It is with great satisfaction that we gather here today, once again, to join forces towards the implementation of an important health initiative which I strongly believe will help improve the lives of many Timorese people, and which is linked to the Revitalization of Primary Health Care System in Timor-Leste.
I am very pleased to learn that, after almost three years promoting the idea of an integrated community health services in Timor-Leste, our development partners are finally joining the Ministry of Health in creating the conditions for a full implementation of SISCa.
As part of their package of assistance to our Government, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Australian International Development Agency (AusAID) agreed to support the Ministry of Health to “HaforsaDistrituihaImplementasaunActividadeKuidadusSaúdePrimária”.
HADIAK is intended to strengthen leadership and management capacity of the district health services in order to fully perform their tasks of improving the health status of the people living in their geographic catchment areas.
The Ministry of Health is grateful for such a collaborative initiative and I am committed to ensure focus on the main goals of this new project is achieved over the next four years.
Although the project main areas of interventions are directed towards the achievement of MDG 4 and MDG 5, an integrated approach to improving community health is paramount.
Technical Interventions on safe motherhood, neonatal, infant and child health, family planning and related maternal and infant nutrition, could only succeed if complemented by appropriate support services such as human resources, infrastructure, financial resources and strong management system.
These are the components of the National Health Strategic Plan 2011-2030 and, thus, partnership coordination and collaboration throughout its implementation stages is imperative.
HADIAK will be first piloted in Five Districts, Baucau, Ermera, Manatuto, Oecusse and Viqueque. I challenge all partners to also assist the MoH strengthen the remaining district health services in order to avoid unequal delivery of basic services to the population.
The challenges ahead are enormous for the sector, particularly as we accommodate the new medical graduates who will important driving forces in the revitalization of primary health care in Timor-Leste.
Let’s all work together for the successful implementation of HADIAK.