Multisectoral coordination and improving financing in health security identified as priority areas

The need to strengthen multisectoral coordination and to improve financing in health security were identified as priority action areas by the Joint External Evaluation of Mongolia's implementation of the International Health Regulations, known as IHR (2005). The 11 member team of international experts, who have been working in Mongolia from 12 May, has delivered 60 recommendations to the Government of Mongolia today along 19 thematic areas covered by the evaluation. “Over the past decade, Mongolia has made tremendous progress in strengthening its capacity to manage health security as mandated by the IHR (2005). There are however, some challenges identified during the JEE. The priority actions can be implemented through a national action plan, using the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases and Public Health Emergencies,” said Graham Rady, the JEE Team Leader. The JEE entailed not only reviewing Mongolia’s self-assessment documentation but also meeting with over 60 representatives from various sectors throughout the week. Mongolia's Minister of Heath Dr A.Tsogtsetseg said: "Thank you for coming with this evaluation. Only by knowing our strengths and weaknesses and fixing the shortcomings we'll be able to improve and protect our population's health and strengthen the health system." The International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) is an international legal instrument for the UN Member States to advance core capacities to prevent, detect and respond to acute public health events. Mongolia is a fourth country in the Western Pacific to host this large exercise.