Non-Aligned Movement has long stood for the accord and harmony of developing countries as they continue their common journey in providing better lives to their people. Among other things that NAM has done for the improvement and upliftment of its member countries is its longstanding emphasis that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is among the most basic rights of every human being and each nation should be able to fulfil them.
Through its annual ministerial meetings on health, NAM has served as a vital tool with which developing countries are able to coordinate their positions in further pursuing their efforts to strengthen coordinated global action on global health issues and to boost the ability of the World Health Organization(WHO) to deliver on and be more receptive to the needs of developing countries in the health sector.
Recognizing the increasing outbreaks in the Member State nations demonstrates the urgency for a unified collaboration and assistance to bolster national efforts in order for all countries to develop strong, resilient, sufficiently funded and integrated health systems, including establishment of the core capacities of the International Health Regulations, and having the capacity for health-related emergency preparedness and progress that promotes universal, even-handed access to health services and ensures reasonable, quality service delivery.
Non-Aligned Movement lays down several key guidelines for the better functioning of the health sectors in its member states. It also urges them to not only adopt them but efficiently incorporate them as a part of their daily routine to achieve much healthier results.
1. Investments to build systems that are grounded in primary health care and universal health coverage and proficient in responding to varied and unforeseen challenges that could crop up in the future.
2. Endorse ‘Universal Health Coverage’ to address affordability, enhance accessibility and avoid financial hardship for people who need healthcare, regardless of their ethnicity and socio-economic status.
3. Acknowledge that good health is determined by many aspects of development including poverty, education, sustainable energy, water and sanitation, and climate change (adaptation and mitigation) as much as by preventing and treating diseases and is largely dependent on affordable, accessible health care and medicines.
4. Recognizing that progress in prevention and control of non-communicable diseases has been insufficient and highly uneven and increased efforts are essential.
5. Stress on the WHO’s role in ensuring availability of affordable, quality, safe, efficacious medicines.
6. Emphasizing the importance of sustained multi-sectoral, cost-effective and population-wide interventions in order to reduce impact of the risk factors of common non-communicable diseases through the implementation of, inter alia, national policies and plans as well as international agreements and strategies by involving all relevant stakeholders at all levels from across the globe. NAM Ministers of Health convene continuous meetings to keep tabs on work done, improvements and also to chalk out scope of further work that can be done to improve the situation. These guidelines have aided the member states in achieving a much healthier environment which not only facilitates better health services and are easily accessible but also promote a healthy lifestyle which is not a far-fetched dream anymore.
However, there are still concerns that loom over NAM countries given that much of the development in the health sector is urban, marginalizing the rural folks and their chance to develop at a similar pace. For this not only setting up of such facilities would suffice but the need to create awareness is also a key unit for the overall development of the states as a whole. Therefore, though health sectors in NAM countries have seen a considerable growth and development, there is still scope for betterment to bring about an all-round transformation for its people.