Tuesday, April 22, 2008

$400 million for SI health over next 5 years

A major MOU for health service development has just been signed in Honiara. According to Solomon Times Online:

The agreement signed between the Ministry of Health, Australia's government through its Embassy in Honiara, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF last Friday sees a total fund of SBD$400 million being committed to the nation's health over a spread of five years.
The package is part of a "Health Sector Support Program" which sees multidonor support directed behind a National Health Strategic Plan, aimed at getting SI to the Millenium Development Goals which have a 2015 deadline.

Last year, Solomon Islands topped the Pacific in WHO national health rankings, largely due to the level of access. The new plan and funding should contribute to keeping up this progress.