Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting (Health)
Health and human development have been priority areas for Commonwealth governments since 1965, according to the Commonwealth Organisation. CITATION Com l 17417 (Commonwealth Health Partnerships) Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting (CHMM) was launched in Edinburgh during the first meeting of ministers of Commonwealth Nations. Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting (CHMM) is a meeting where Health Ministers of Commonwealth Countries is gathered annually to review all the activities and events regarding the health state of the country from year before. Besides, this event is vital for every Commonwealth Countries to attend for this event aimed to provide a platform for countries to bring up the issues of health that are relevance to the Commonwealth countries’ attention and peers. Health ministers of Commonwealth of Nations are given the opportunity to share occurrences and opinions to other Commonwealth countries to improvise ways to decrease health problems in their respective countries. Commonwealth Heath Ministers’ Meeting also provides a ministerial statement to summarise the discussion and priorities for the future. Commonwealth Health Minister’s Meeting will also set a theme for the next meeting inclusively. Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland in the mid of May after the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which is annually held in April. The Commonwealth Health Hub CITATION The18 l 17417 (The Health Hub) stated that Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting is supported by the Commonwealth Advisory Council on Health (CACH). Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting have extended the partnerships with the World’s Health Organisation (WHO), Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to get precise results of health state in Commonwealth countries. This event has adopted the third goal of Sustainable Development Goals with specific targets to be achieved for the next 15 years.
According to Simon Barraclough and Kai-Lit Phua in an article CITATION Bar07 l 17417 (Barraclough & Phua, 2007), Malaysia’s occasional involvement in the Commonwealth-initiated projects has given Malaysia an opportunity to be the principal sponsor of the Commonwealth’s Global Information Hub for Integrated Medicine to provide an electronic database of traditional and complementary medicine in 2002. Not only that, in a press statement,CITATION Dat15 p 1
l 17417 (27th Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting, 2015, p. 1) The Honourable Minister of Health Malaysia; Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam apprised that around 1980’s, Malaysia has achieved Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and has been acknowledged by the World Bank for a large extent with more than 90% coverage achievement. Besides highlighting the achievement that Malaysia accomplished, Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam had also underlined the initiatives that the Ministry of Health Malaysia had dealt with in nurturing the health of senior citizens in Malaysia that aimed to ensure the minimum supply of standard care for the elderly in an approachable, affordable and sustainable manner which is aligned with the National Blue Ocean Srategy 7 (NBOS7): 1Malaysia Family Care.CITATION Dat15 p 2
l 17417 (27th Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting, 2015, p. 2). Moreover, in 2017, during the 29th Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting, The Honourable Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam had decided to emphasise and uphold the need for a more inclusive approach in building comfortable and flexible health systems in encountering a diversity of health challenges CITATION Dat17
l 17417 (Press Statement Minister of Health Malaysia, 2017).
-76200430276000 According to the CITATION Ins15 l 17417 (Instiute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2015), Malaysia had slight increment in cardiovascular diseases comparing to other Asian countries of Commonwealth in 23 years, besides the second rank on road injuries. This proves that Malaysia has better and sustainable health systems compare to other Asian countries of Commonwealth besides Sri Lanka.
1625602990215Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 1: CITATION Ins15 l 17417 (Instiute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2015)Figure SEQ Figure * ARABIC 1: CITATION Ins15 l 17417 (Instiute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2015)In the nutshell, this event has managed to create a platform for the Commonwealth Countries to bring up the issues regarding health of the nation along with the ways to overcome the alarming issues of health that are significant to the Commonwealth Countries. Thus, successfully attain the objective of the event with the cooperation of the participated Health of Ministers from the Commonwealth Countries.
Annual meeting of Health Ministers of Commonwealth Countries
To review activity and events from year before
To provide a platform for countries
Bring issues of health relevance to the Commonwealth countries’ attention and peers
CHMM provides ministerial statement
To summarise discussion and priorities for future
Inclusive of setting theme for next meeting
Venue and date of meeting:
Geneva; Mid May; Annually
Joints and Supports:
Commonwealth Council on Health
World’s Health Organisation (WHO)
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Sustainable Development Goals
Specific target for each goals to be achieved (> next 15Years)
Goals 3 : Ensure Health and Well-Being for all at all ages
Commonwealth Final Report (12.5.2015)
Press Statement of Yang Berhormat Menteri Kesihatan @ Geneva 2015 CHMM
The Commonwealth Nations
Press Statement on 29th CHMM 2017
Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting (Health)