Dominica is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. The population is 74,000 with a life expectancy of 74.2 years (men) and 80.3 years (women). Dominica suffers from exposure to external shocks, negative effects of natural disasters and difficult terrain. Hurricanes caused severe damage to the population in the past and as recent as 2017. The improvement of health systems is a priority enshrined in Dominica’s National Development Plan (2014-2018) and in its Strategic Plan for Health 2010-2019. The Ministry of Health seeks to protect universal access to a high-quality health system that includes strong, adequately funded infrastructures for health promotion, disease prevention and health protection as well as increased resource mobilization for health programmes. The UHC Partnership focuses on strengthening Dominica’s health system’s governance to support the development of a resilient health system which meets the population’s needs. To this end, a new national plan will redefine the health system with the progressive implementation in 2019, addressing aspects related to human resources, medicines and health technologies, financing, management and essential public health functions. You can access important country documents by clicking here.

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