Continuing many years constructive collaboration, Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe and Dr Svetlana Cebotari, Minister of Health, Labour and Social Protection signed the Biennial Collaborative Agreement (BCA) between WHO/Europe and the Republic of Moldova for 2018–2019 on 20 February 2018. The signing ceremony took place in Podgorica, Montenegro on the margin of the South-eastern Europe Health Ministerial Meeting on Immunization.
The BCA for 2018–2019 is based on the country’s specific needs and WHO regional and global initiatives and priorities. The document was mutually agreed and developed in response to public health priorities and ongoing efforts to improve the health status of the population of the Republic of Moldova.
The main areas of collaboration are related to:
- communicable diseases and vaccine-preventable diseases, including HIV, TB and antimicrobial resistance;
- noncommunicable diseases, including mental health and substance abuse, violence and injuries, and disabilities and rehabilitation;
- promoting health over the life course, including reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, and health and the environment;
- health system strengthening, including integrated service delivery, access to medicines and the health information system;
- emergency preparedness and the implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005).
During signing ceremony, Dr Cebotari stressed: “Cooperation with WHO is instrumental in achieving the health objectives of the Republic of Moldova. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection and WHO strive towards the same objectives: better health for the entire population and more equity in health among all citizens of the Republic of Moldova. Progress towards these objectives will be greatly facilitated by the technical assistance package agreed today with WHO/Europe, focusing on modernization of the health service delivery model, including primary health care and hospital services, improving the quality of health care, advancing public health, effectively controlling communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and emergency preparedness. I am confident that in 2 years we will demonstrate tangible results and visible impact that will change for the better the lives of each and every citizen of the Republic of Moldova”.
Dr Jakab commented: “This document will help us to focus our collaboration in the coming years on a number of priorities that are important for the health of people in the Republic of Moldova. As WHO and the government join to address, in particular, communicable and noncommunicable disease, and strengthening of the health system, they can make a difference in yielding tangible results in health and well-being for the country”.
“The agreement reflects the driving principles of WHO work, focusing on ensuring that each and every one has access to health services of quality. This in turn will contribute to the relevant Sustainable Development Goals and to the broader global agenda. I very much look forward to working closely with the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection on the new agreement to benefit the health of Moldovans and Europeans.”
Building on the WHO European health policy framework, Health 2020, the BCA for the Republic of Moldova is fully aligned with the country’s national health policies and plans, such as priorities identified under the Moldova 2030 process and National Health Policy 2007–2021, and is dovetailed with the United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022 for the Republic of Moldova.