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MEDiCAMs Involvement in the Health Sector. Presented by Mr. Sovanndara Ou Health Information Officer, MEDiCAM, CAMBODIA. MEDiCAM and Its mandates. Whats MEDiCAM? Background Mandates: Information Sharing Representing the voice of NGOs in Cambodias health sector Facilitating advocacy - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • MEDiCAM and Its mandatesWhats MEDiCAM?BackgroundMandates:Information SharingRepresenting the voice of NGOs in Cambodias health sectorFacilitating advocacyCapacity building

  • Representing and Advocacy : Bridges to Policy makers

  • The Function of Technical Working Group for Health The major functions of the TWGH are to:Provide a forum for sharing information between key stakeholdersAdvise the MoH on strategic and policy issuesProvide a monitoring overview of sector performanceFacilitate intra-sector and inter-sector harmonization and alignment

  • How MEDiCAM representative represents the voice of CSOs?Regularly engage with both the TWGH, its secretariat and other sub working groups or task force (be at the table with them)This high level representation is represented by MEDiCAMs Executive Director or a MEDiCAMs board member who serves as an alternate member to this working group and its secretariat. This is to ensure continuity and regularity of engagement with policy makers.The ability of the representative to articulate and convey NGOs inputs during the strategic or policy debate for health sector development is very crucial to effectively influence on Health Strategic Direction or Health Strategic Plan or Health Policy

  • How MEDiCAM representative communicate with its constituency?MEDiCAM organizes its MEDiCAM Membership Monthly Meeting on every third Friday of the month to collect and share information with its NGO members. The Forum is known as 4Ms, aiming at sharing information from health NGOs and updating from MEDiCAMs representatives on health sector development agenda. This sometimes brings a lot of debate on strategic issue of the health system, the result of which can be consolidated and brought to the TWGH for further debate with policy makers by the representative.

  • MEDiCAM Position PaperDevelop based on inputs from regional meetings with NGOs, especially grassroots NGOsKey issues in the Health Sector were brought up and listed during the Annual General Meeting of all MEDiCAM members.After long and active debate, NGOs voted for the priority issues that need to be put into the paper.The Executive Director makes the first draft, the Steering Committee provide comments, then the draft paper is presented at the 4Ms to have full consultation with health NGOs before it will be jointly printed with NGO Forum and CCC as the NGO statement to the CDCF.At the MoH, the Paper is presented at the JAPR and this year it is being used as part of the references for the development of HSP 2008-15

  • Some Examples of Successful Policy Development in 2006 that MEDiCAM has influencedNewly-revised CPA guidelinesCBHI guidelines being put for implementationFramework for implementing and monitoring Equity FundRevised Module 7 of MPA Training packageMidterm review process of HSP (Contracting, Swim review, midwifery review)National Strategy for Child SurvivalNational Strategy for RHRoadmap to reducing Maternal mortalityDevelopment of the National Nutrition Strategic Plan 2008-15Assessment of HIS by using HMN toolsJAPR: Identification of Health Priorities for Year 07-08

  • NGOs-RHPWGRHPWG Background29 policy bottlenecks in RHMale Involvement was selected as the top priorityPolicy gap analysisDevelopment fact sheets (in-country and out-country best practices)Building support and stakeholders meetingRound table discussionDevelopment of Male Involvement Guidance and it has now been used to integrate into the National RH policy and strategy

  • NGO-CSWGA member of CSMC NGO-CSWG consolidated comments for the development of the National Core Strategy for Child Survival Regular representation at the CSMC Regular monthly meeting of the NGO-CSWG

  • Challenges and recommendationsStrengthen the capacity of CSOs in collecting and collating evidence-based information Improve the capacity of CSO representatives to effectively influence policy Enhance enabling factors Donors should continue to create environment and structure in place for a government to respect and encourage the active participation of NGOs or CSOs. Without this, any government will give little value for CSOs roles (GF-CCM could be the best example for active CSO involvement to promote check and balance for good governance)

  • Thank you for your attention


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