PUTRAJAYA, Dec 16 – Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam will be leading the Malaysian delegation to the two-day Global Fund’s fifth replenishment preparatory meeting to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Tokyo, Japan, beginning Wednesday (Dec 16).
In a statement here Tuesday, Dr Subramaniam said he would be a panelist with several health experts, including World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Dr Margaret Chan, and share his views on sustainable finance for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
He said Malaysia had a fairly developed health system which has long achieved UHC in an equitable manner through public financing by general taxation revenue and in public delivered health services. The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organisation, designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics.
Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, private sectors and the people affected by the diseases. In 2011, Dr Subramaniam said about 90 per cent of Malaysia’s population had a health facility within five kilometres of their residence.
“For the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020), Malaysia remains committed to improving universal access to quality healthcare by continuing efforts to strengthen the healthcare system. This will ensure that every Malaysian can have equal access to affordable and good quality healthcare services,” he said.
Besides discussing on the results achieved so far, the meeting, which will be attended by more than 30 countries’ representatives, is expected to exchange views on innovative approaches to end epidemics of the three diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria and assess the activities for the next replenishment cycle (2017-2019).