Social Security One-Day Strategic Seminar: Social Security and Universal Health Coverage

Mr. Juan Lozano, Secretary General of CISS

Mr. Juan Lozano, Secretary General of CISS

In an effort to broaden discussion among public policy stakeholders, the Dominica Social Security Board in collaboration with the Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) hosted a seminar centered on “Social Security and Universal Health Coverage”.

The seminar is the second of its kind, geared towards the English-speaking Caribbean Sub-region of CISS and focuses on improvements of the social protection of the peoples of the Americas.

CISS and PAHO, having signed an agreement to work towards the integration of health systems, intend to foster closer collaborations between the two organisations in the quest to strengthen the social protection of the peoples of our world.

Universal Health Coverage implies access of all people to comprehensive health services at affordable costs; however in many nations this has proven to be a major challenge.

Mr. Juan Lozano, Secretary General of CISS says the plan is to strengthen the network of the Social Security and to build on a Caribbean agenda.

“When Social Security was originally conceived we always thought that a good retirement and the provision of health where very important goals to be attained together”, he stated.

At some point he said, administrations split and began to work separately all over the world.

This seminar however he pointed out, will demonstrate the importance of the partnership between health and social security.

Meanwhile, Honourable, Julius Timothy, Minister responsible for Health, noted that over the past years, research and reports have established the need for the Government to seek alternative means of financing for health services.

This, he says has failed to materialize and has called on other stakeholders outside the Ministry to come on board and assist.

This seminar is the first of a series of discussions.

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