Meeting on the Implementation of the Project on National Health Accounts (NHA) in the Pacific, 25-27 May 2010, Nadi, Fiji
A Meeting on the Implementation of the Project on National Health Accounts in the Pacific was held in Nadi, Fiji Islands from 25 to 27 May 2010. The meeting was attended by 24 participants from 12 Pacific island countries, together with WHO health financing experts and project consultants from the consortium consisting of Curtin University of Technology in Australia, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in Australia and the Institute for Health Policy in Sri Lanka. Observers from the Asian Development Bank, the Fiji School of Medicine and the Fiji National Health Accounts Team participated and contributed to the discussions and output of the workshop.
The objectives of the meeting were to discuss the additional NHA resources developed by the project and provide input for their finalization in the Pacific; to learn from the experiences of the three pilot countries in using the additional NHA resources to plan, develop and institutionalize NHA; and to consider proposed options for the organizational structure and functions of the Pacific NHA subnetwork, agree on the most feasible option and identify measures to sustain the network.
The meeting involved presentations by WHO staff and project consultants on the overall progress of the Pacific NHA project and about the outputs of the project, such as the NHA estimation tools, the NHA learning modules, the proposal for the Pacific NHA Network and the study on NHA uses for policy. The NHA teams from the pilot countries, i.e. the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji and Vanuatu, reported on the accomplishments of project implementation in their respective countries. The meeting also involved small working groups and plenary discussions following the presentations.