On May 24-25, Te Marae Ora held a consultation on the draft National Health Strategy 2023+ document. The consultation was held at the National Auditorium with both TMO staff and stakeholders attending. 23060125.
Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health is expected to launch a five-year Strategic Plan for the National Health Sector by the end of this month.
Late last month, from May 23 – 26, consultations were
held with TMO staff including the Pa Enua staff via Zoom and stakeholders on
Rarotonga. Another consultation was held for the Aitutaki staff and community
on May 29 and 30.
Ministry of Health’s director planning and funding, Roana
Mataitini says the Strategic Plan for the National Health Sector determines
what the health ministry’s priorities are for the next five years, setting
goals, objectives and targets to achieve.
Mataitini adds it is all part of achieving TMO’s vision –
“all people living in the Cook Islands living healthier lives and achieving
“The policy goals of the strategy are centred on services
and people. Major health issues and causes of significant mortality and
morbidity related to non-communicable diseases are targeted in this health
“Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and related
complications are the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the country.
Rheumatic heart disease as well as mental illnesses are also targeted for
better diagnosis and management.”
Mataitini says chronic renal disease mostly due to
diabetes is also a growing concern.
“In relation to NCD, smoking and overweight/obesity are
the most common preventable risk factors.
“The new Public Health Bill will be fully implemented
which focuses on health outcomes, protection of borders aiming to manage the
risks associated with communicable diseases, equipping the community to address
health challenges it faces and protect health of individuals and the
TMO acknowledged the significant contributions of the
Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Health Organisation (WHO) who funded the
strategic work including technical assistant David Angelson for supporting the
team in writing the document.