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Health-related SDGs training

Improvements in the health sector are essential if the country is to achieve related UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 3 on good health and well-being.

SDG 3 targets for Laos are linked to improvements in maternal and child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases.

The Ministry of Health's Planning and International Cooperation Department director general Dr Khamphet Manivong spoke yesterday at a health-related SDGs Training on the need to improve the sector.

He said authorities had been working to better protect the Lao people's benefits and rights to health care over recent years with the majority of people now having access to improved quality services as per the SDGs and forerunners the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

At the same time, the country will need to continue to develop capacity and knowledge in techniques of medicine and other related fields especially as these continue to see progress daily.

The meeting was implemented in response to health policy to reform health sector.

These consist of improvements in access to health services for the poor, especially maternal and child health aimed at increasing access to better quality health services, especially for mothers and children.

It has been said SDG3 seems to propose the impossible in the form of an end to hunger, the eradication of poverty and health service for all by the year 2030, Dr Khamphet said.

At the same time, it is no surprise that those who are least able to access education are more likely to be the same people facing obstacles to health services, clean water and electricity, he said.

He said local people in the target groups are still not accessing health services at appropriate rates because they are poor and local health workers are not sufficiently informed about health pol icy.

The ministry is implementing a five-year health sector development plan for 2016-2020 with signif icant efforts and support to overcome challenges to meet the health-related SDG targets.

These targets include those aimed to increase access to higher quality health services for mothers and their children, provide health funding for the poor and improve the quality of human resources in the health sector.

By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update September 14, 2017)


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