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The Liberian leader said by adopting the Universal Health coverage, the world would have positioned its energies towards combating various health-related challenges such as infectious diseases; stressing that the call for rapid response to strengthening the global health system was crucial to confronting potential pandemics.
President Sirleaf emphasized the need for strategic pooled financing instruments backed by private partnership, which according to her, would play major role in translating global goals into investment within the context of global health.
“This makes it exceedingly imperative for global health leaders to adapt to the transitioning landscape that is critical to determining the unprecedented achievements in global health following the adoption of the MDGs”, she observed.
For his part, the Deputy Minister for Public Health Emergencies and Head of Liberia’s Incident Management System (IMS), Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, who accompanied the President to the Forum informed that prior to the outbreak of Ebola Virus, significant progress had been made in the health sector as was evidenced by an increase in the life-expectancy of Liberians by 20 years to lifespan within 10 years. He said the period also witnessed a dramatic reduction of age under five mortality, and the prevalence of malaria among others.
Speaking further, Minister Nyenswah described the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals as a milestone. He named key actions to Universal Health Coverage as reduced direct payment out of pocket, mandatory pre-payment, establish large risk of pool and the use of general government revenue to cover those who cannot afford to pay .
Concluding, Minister Nyenswah informed the global community that Liberia has effectively beaten the Ebola Virus twice in a roll, and that the country is having the capacity to deal with any resurgence. He however, recommended that the Universal Health Coverage be given much development assistance in both short and medium-term especially for fragile economies and health systems.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director for World Health Organization, Dr. Margret Chan, has praised Minister Nyenswah and the Incident Management Team (IMS) of Liberia for the effective and efficient manner in which they managed the Ebola crisis in the country, and urged the international community to support Liberia’s recovery process in the context of Universal Health Coverage.
The forum was addressed by scores of world leaders including the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, President Macky Sall, of Senegal, Dr. Margret Chan, Executive Director of World Health Organization(WHO),
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehi, Executive Director, UNICEF, among others.
Written by: Abu Kamara
Minister Counselor for Press and Public Affairs,
Permanent Mission of Liberia to the UN