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FONGTIL and REBAS-TL organize first-ever national health dialogue with the government

FONGTIL and REBAS-TL organize first-ever national health dialogue with the government

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DILI, 11 march 2024 (TATOLI) – Forum Nongovernmental Organization of Timor-Leste (FONGTIL) and REDE BA SAÚDE TIMOR-LESTE (REBAS-TL) on monday organize the first-ever national health dialogue with the government.

Over 100 representatives from local and international non-governmental organizations, college students, officials from line ministries, and development partners attended the country’s first-ever national health dialogue between civil society organizations (CSOs) and the government. The event was aimed at promoting meaningful engagement and sustained information exchange between the key stakeholders of Timor-Leste’s health system.

The dignitaries present at the dialogue included a representative from the Ministry of Health and USAID Timor-Leste, the Executive Director of FONGTIL (Forum of NGOs in Timor-Leste), Valentim da Costa Pinto; and the Coordinator of Rede ba Saúde Timor-Leste (REBAS-TL, health CSO network), Joaquim Freitas.

The participation of various groups demonstrates a collective recognition of the need for stronger partnerships between key health system stakeholders to advance Timor-Leste’s development and progress toward universal health coverage.

The meeting presented REBAS-TL with an opportunity to present its evidence-based assessment of health issues in the country such as Human Resources, Medical Products, and Health Facilities issues. Data-backed advocacy by health CSOs will further the Timorese civil society’s substantive engagement with the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders including CSOs, University’s Health Students, and Private Health Clinic Representatives as well as support collaborative development of strategies and approaches to address health issues and challenges.

Health system stakeholders were actively engaged, offering ideas, constructive criticism, and practical solutions to strengthen the country’s health system. Dialogue like this helps shape actionable recommendations that the Ministry of Health and FONGTIL can collaboratively tackle, with a focus on addressing the health issues prevalent at both national and sub-national levels.

This health dialogue was co-organized by REBAS-TL and FONGTIL, with technical and financial support from the USAID Health System Sustainability Activity, which has awarded FONGTIL a grant to foster improved civic engagement in health system strengthening.

“On behalf of REBAS-TL, I extend my sincere thanks to USAID for its technical and financial support to enhance the role civil society plays in improving health in Timor-Leste. USAID’s support has been instrumental in strengthening the capacities of CSOs to meaningfully engage with the Ministry of Health and key health-sector stakeholders,” said Valentim da Costa Pinto, Executive Director of FONGTIL.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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