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OIC Health Ministers Conclude their 6th Conference with "Jeddah Declaration"
07 December 2017
OIC Health Ministers concluded today (Thursday) their 6th Conference, which was hosted by the Kingdom in Jeddah on December 5th-7th, 2017 (corresponding to Rabie Al-Awal 17th-19th, 1439H.). The conference issued "Jeddah Declaration" which includes the followings:
We, representatives of Members States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), participating in the sixth session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers, held in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from December 5th-7th, 2017, having reviewed the Ummah's health plan, decided the followings:
  • We appreciate the efforts of the OIC Member States, the OIC General Secretariat, and relevant OIC institutions, and their solidarity to implement this plan;
  • We recognize that securing the highest possible health standards is one of the basic rights of every human being, without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, political belief, economic or social status;
  • We continue to consider that right to health must be the core of global agenda;
  • We reaffirm that policies prioritizing health would realize sustainable development and boost the quality of economic development;
  • We affirm that health is the pivot of social and economic development and the general safety of mankind;
  • We recognize that safety at all ages is an indicator of development and one of its most important conditions;
  • We reiterate the importance of translating the momentum and success of the Sustainable Development Goals' vision to a comprehensive development process that will feature health in all policies;
  • We express our concern about the spread of non-communicable diseases, particularly heart and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, their related risk factors, as well as their social and economic impacts on Member States;
  • We reaffirm our commitment to the global objectives contained in the "Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases";
  • We call again on Member States to realize the related objectives – in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals – of reducing premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases by one-third through prevention, cure, mental health and safety enhancement;
  • We appreciate the efforts exerted by the Member States to combat non-communicable diseases, and call on them to work together, as much as possible, to intensify and coordinate these efforts to reduce the social and economic impact of such diseases.
  • We reaffirm the importance of universalization of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco and its protocols to fight tobacco consumption in Member States;
  • We stress again the importance of providing opportunities for sustainable access to drug and health technologies to develop flexible health systems;
  • We reaffirm our commitment to sustain giving maximum priority to maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health in our national plans, and always seek to meet the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • We reiterate the need to promote national efforts and international cooperation to prevent and combat communicable diseases and epidemics, especially malaria, polio and tuberculosis;
  • We reaffirm the importance of implementing the international health systems to secure the minimum basic capabilities in Member States to prevent and control public health emergencies;
  • We call again on Member States to strengthen cooperation on reduction of, preparation for, tackling and recovery from health emergencies and risks;
  • We rely on the decisive role of "health in all policies" in giving priority to health in the global development plan;
  • We note with appreciation that the thematic priorities of the OIC Strategic Plan of Action (2014-2023) are aligned to the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan, and may accommodate "health in all policies";
  • We are committed to create high quality data collection infrastructure for monitoring and improving results during the implementation of the "health in all policies";
  • We understand the need to develop multi-sectoral perspectives to achieve the highest standards; thus, making "health in all policies" their right vehicle;
  • We stress the need to capitalize on the experience of the Sustainable Development Goals so that "health in all policies" can be successfully implemented;
  • We affirm that flexible health systems shall be built on human-centered policies; that comprehensive health coverage shall be enabled; and that "health in all policies" programs shall be implemented;
  • We realize the critical importance of supporting the OIC General Secretariat with the necessary financial and human resources to prevent the health problems facing the Ummah;
  • We extend our sincere thanks to members of the Steering Committee on Health and Lead Country Coordinators for their contribution to the development and implementation of the OIC Strategic Health Plan of Action;
  • We resolve to support, promote and develop effective communication mechanisms, and to exchange expertise and best practices in the implementation of the OIC Strategic Health Plan of Action;
  • We reiterate our support for the implementation of the OIC Strategic Health Plan of Action, and to carryout supplementary activities within and among Member States;
  • We highlight the importance of ongoing capacity building in OIC Member States in order to counter the health risks resulting from disasters, to reduce, to prepare for, to confront, and to recover from health emergencies at the local, regional and international levels, by adopting and facilitating the necessary mechanisms;
  • We call on Member States to encourage their citizens seeking treatment abroad to use the existing health facilities in other OIC Member States, thereby leveraging both cultural and religious similarities;
  • We continue to encourage OIC Member States and the General Secretariat to closely follow up patterns of technology use, and to develop such policies as to protect public health from unsafe trends in technology usage;
  • We express our appreciation to the OIC General Secretariat for its continued support in the organization of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers Sessions;
  • We strongly support all efforts designed to make concrete progress in the implementation of the decisions and recommendations of the sixth session of Islamic Conference of Health Ministers;
  • We call on the OIC General Secretariat to strengthen the capacities and mechanisms to enable the implementation, measurement and review the OIC Strategic Health Program of Action 2014-2023.

Last Update : 12 December 2017 08:34 AM
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