Commonwealth: Patricia Scotland QC- Secretary-General of Commonwealth, joined a meeting of Commonwealth health ministers (CHMM) to discuss lessons learned from COVID19 and recovery efforts on Thursday, May 19, 2022.
Scotland stated that the world has begun to look beyond the pandemic; they must ensure that our health systems are robust and resilient to absorb the shocks caused by health-related emergencies.
Outlining significant data about vaccination across the globe, she noted that the COVID-19 response had illustrated inequity, especially VaccinEquity. While over 1.3 billion people in the Commonwealth are fully vaccinated, over 40% are yet to receive a single dose.
“If we’re to vaccinate 70% of our population, we must work together to ensure we #Leave No One Behind,” underlined Scotland.
Commonwealth Secretary further emphasized that, as with all Commonwealth meetings, what they bring and take away are both of value and importance.
As with all #Commonwealth meetings, what we bring and take away are both of value and importance. I look forward to hearing deliberations from ministers on how best we can work together to address health inequalities and fulfil #SDG commitments, as we head into #CHOGM2022.#CHMM pic.twitter.com/LUG2WXubjO
— Patricia Scotland QC (@PScotlandCSG) May 18, 2022
She stated, “I look forward to hearing deliberations from ministers on how best we can work together to address health inequalities and fulfil #SDG commitments as we head into #CHOGM2022.”
— The Commonwealth (@commonwealthsec) May 19, 2022
Highlighting several aspects of the meeting, Scotland said that she Concluded another successful #CHMM where health ministers discussed pressing issues such as post-COVID recovery plans, financing and building resilient health systems, and #VaccinEquity. Now more than ever, they need to work together to build the healthy, prosperous #Commonwealth we want.
Extending warm wlecome to the guests, She expressed, “I welcome the adoption of the CHMM ministerial statement and look forward to working together with the CHMM Chair, Dr.Christopher Tufton, to implement the policy proposals and recommendations as we head into #CHOGM2022 and the Kigali Summit on #Malaria and NTDs.”
The Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting #CHMM is calling for vaccine equity. For the first time in the pandemic’s history, Tuvalu has confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the border.
Scotland said that they are lucky as their vaccination rates are extremely high, but many are not as fortunate. More than 40% of people in the Commonwealth have not yet received a single dose of the vaccine and are not at all protected against COVID. This is unthinkable, but this is a reality in our world today. Together everyone must improve health systems for all.
In 2018, Commonwealth leaders committed to halving #malaria by 2023.
I welcome the adoption of the #CHMM ministerial statement and look forward to working together with the CHMM Chair, @ChrisTufton, to implement the policy proposals and recommendations as we head into #CHOGM2022 and the Kigali Summit on #Malaria & NTDs.
— Patricia Scotland QC (@PScotlandCSG) May 19, 2022
Launched during the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM), the 2022 #Commonwealth Malaria Report provides a clear picture of the challenges and progress being made to meet malaria targets.
The report also highlights the ways leaders can invest in the malaria response, in the run-up to #CHOGM2022 in Rwanda in June.
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