Dutch Parliament debates upcoming Global Health Strategy

On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) presented advice to parliament on the upcoming Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation's Global Health Strategy. The Ministry is currently finalizing the strategy, which will be completed before the summer of 2022. 

AIV included the following recommendations:

1. Specify the goal of the Global Health Strategy within international frameworks;

2. Ensure international embedding and a long-term focus;

3. Choose distinct strategic priorities - coherence, preparation for future pandemics, and health infrastructure expansion and improvement;

4. Formulate guiding principles - treat health as a universal right and take context-specific approaches;

5. Involve all ministries in policymaking, but leave control of health-related aspects to the Health Ministry;

6. More concretely shape multi-sectoral cooperation; and, 

7. Strive for affordability and accessibility of healthcare.

Committee Debate - Parliament of the Netherlands (in Dutch)