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The Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) is empowered by its Terms of Reference (TOR) to establish: (a) thematic groups to provide the Council with expert advice on specific or cross-sectoral issues as well as (b) broad - based sectoral groups to discuss and propose sectoral policies. The CIMC Health, Population & HIV AIDS sectoral committee was established in 2009 and is chaired by Secretaries from the Department of Health with the two deputies as alternative chairs. In the event that the Secretary is unavailable the next available deputy secretary steps in to chair. The CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee is guided by its Terms of Reference.
Purpose of the Committee
The aim of this Committee is to maintain constant and sustained dialogue between members and relevant stake holders discussing issues affecting health service delivery in the country and to propose appropriate strategies to address them going forward.
The main objective of the CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee is to act as a forum in which members share information (updates on implementation of key government plans, policies and strategies), recommend follow up actions on areas requiring attention, and to foster and support advocacy in the areas of health, HIV/AIDS and Population.
Functions of the Committee
The CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee plays a vital role in:
Facilitating quarterly meetings in a year, maintaining constant and sustained dialogue between members and relevant stakeholders
Acting as a forum in which members share information, initiate, plan and coordinate policy and advocacy initiatives in the areas of health, HIV/AIDS and population
Acting as an advisory body to Government through the National Department of Health and the National Executive Council (NEC) on health and population matters
Monitoring progress in implementation of key health and population related recommendations made to government and to report on problems being encountered in their implementation as well as proposing strategies to address them going forward
Acting as an information clearing-house for key government interventions (i.e. policies, plans and strategies) aimed at addressing health and population matters using the CIMC networks in the provinces and regions
Acting as a government rear vision and enable government to talk across agencies and levels as well as key stakeholders outside of government circles. It helps stakeholders to understand how the bureaucracy works, and what the functions of agencies are, as well as the constraints they face. The type of feedback derived from these consultations enable government to reassess its performance over time in key priority areas and pave the best possible way forward addressing issues in an informed manner.
Innovatively identifying gaps in health service delivery, mapping out key players in the sector, and by harnessing the spirit of partnership narrowing in on the gaps by drawing the linkages in the health service delivery chain.
Membership of the CIMC Health and Population Sectoral Committee comprises of representatives from the following agencies and remains open:
Department of Health
Department of National Planning and Monitoring
Department of Education
Department of Implementation and Rural Development
National Statistics Office
b. Private Sector
Business Council of PNG
PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, etc,
c. Research and Educational Institutions
National Research Institute
PNG Institute of Medical Research
UPNG School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Institute of National Affairs, etc,
d. Professional Associations and Civil Society Service Providers
National Doctors (Nurses) Association
Churches Medical Council
National Council of Women
PNG Trade Union Congress
PNG Medical Society
St. John Health Services
Igat Hope (PNG) Inc
Family Health International
Marie Stopes PNG
Population Services International
World Vision, etc
e. Development Partners
United Nations Population Fund
Australian Agency for International Development, etc
f. And others who have an interest in health and population matters.
The Committee will meet quarterly. Ad hoc meetings will be scheduled as necessary in order to discuss arising issues.
Secretariat services are provided by the Senior Project Officer coordinating activities under this Committee at the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC).