The 6th Islamic Conference of Ministers of Health of OIC Member Countries held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 05-07 December 2017, under the theme of “Health in All Policies” stressed the need for all member countries to support the public health policies, noting that the access to quality healthcare is one of the fundamental rights of every human being, without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, political belief, economic or social status.
The final communiqué of the conference, known as the “Jeddah Declaration”, expresses appreciation for the efforts of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to achieve the objectives of the Strategic Health Programme of Action 2014-2023 and it emphasizes the OIC’s commitment to social and economic development by ensuring public safety and access to quality healthcare.
It also stresses the need to put into action the sustainable development goals and urges all member countries to realize the related objectives and to give priority to health in the global development plan, by including “health in all policies”.
The declaration also reaffirmed OIC’s commitment to building the necessary infrastructure to collect high-quality data so as to improve health services and implement “health in all policies”.
It emphasizes the need to recognize the critical importance of supporting the OIC general secretariat with financial and human resources to enable it to prevent health emergencies in member nations.
It also stresses the importance of strengthening the capacity of the OIC countries to address health risks arising from disasters, and to mitigate, prepare, respond to and recover from health emergencies at the local, regional, national and international levels.