9 June 2014

Cape Verde signed a national compact in February 2014. At the World Health Assembly in May, IHP+ spoke with Dr Cristina Fontes Lima, the Minister of Health in Cape Verde to find out more about the compact.

“National dialogue”: developing a country compact in Cape Verde

Cape Verde signed a national compact in February 2014. At the World Health Assembly in May, IHP+ spoke with Dr Cristina Fontes Lima, the Minister of Health in Cape Verde to find out more about the compact.

This is what she had to say:

“We signed the national compact in February after a year long process during which we went through meetings in the different islands (we are a country of islands). It was very stimulating because we were able to get together associations, the private sector, pharmaceutical enterprises and institutions like churches, and municipalities. We also had other ministries that matter for health such as agriculture, environment and education above all. Each one assumes that they have to make some compromise and that they need to be accountable.

We already have one national health plan until 2016, and we built a coalition to implement this plan. Everybody pledged to enter through the plan and to have one system of monitoring and one system of auditing.

This was also an opportunity for a national dialogue on health behaviour. Not only did we sign the compact trying to consolidate and make our partnerships on health financing more effective, but also internally we built a coalition for bettering the prevention of disease and the promotion of health.

What we need to do now is get the national M&E machinery working properly. Why not, in this area, try to take advantage of what we have already? We have the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund. Do we need to duplicate other machinery to follow through? We are now trying to define the machinery that will do M&E and make it work.”

Watch a short video of Cristina Fontes Lima here.

 

 

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