SPC backs team approach for Vanuatu health
Written by Christelle Lepers   
Monday, 31 January 2011

ImageSPC is supporting a new team approach by development partners to help Vanuatu deliver its national health strategy. At a ceremony on 25 January in Port Vila, Vanuatu Prime Minister Sato Kilman, pictured left, signed the joint partnership arrangement (JPA) between his government and development partners AusAID, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and SPC for the delivery of the Vanuatu Health Sector Strategy 2010-2016. Others pictured are from left to right: Minister for Health Don Ken, Director Public Health, Len Tarivonda (drinking on behalf of Health Minister), Australian High Commissioner Jeff Roach, and Chief Liaison Officer WHO. Dr Bernard Fabre-teste. Director of SPC's Public Health Division, Mr Bill Parr, signed on behalf of SPC which is a member on the joint partnership working group.

Chaired by Vanuatu's Director of Health, the working group will comprise development partner representatives along with MOH directors, its planning officer and finance manager. The group will support MOH in the in the annual joint planning and budgeting process, review and monitor execution of business plans, budgets, financial and non financial reports, procurement. It will also co-ordinate development assistance, human resource training and harmonize funding agreements.

Mr Parr welcomed the arrangement and said it was noteworthy that it comes with commitment at the highest levels in Vanuatu. In addition to Prime Minister Kilman, the document was signed by the Minister of Health Don Ken, the Minister of Finance and Economic Management Hon Moana Carcasses Kalosil, the Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu Mr Jeff Roach and representatives of UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA and SPC.

'SPC's signing of this agreement is clear evidence as a major partner in health of our full support to Vanuatu's national health priorities and use Government systems wherever possible, and demonstrates our commitment to obtain even greater health outcomes through improved aid effectiveness,' he said.
'Increasingly, we will be looking at ways in which technical assistance provided by SPC can fit into a national technical assistance framework that will be developed by the Ministry of Health with one objective being to improve coordination amongst various technical agencies.'
Last Updated ( Monday, 31 January 2011 )