Capacity building seminar discusses local health NGOs
Maltese Health NGOs are eager to work together to improve the life of their members and health of Maltese citizens. This was concluded during a capacity building seminar organised by the Malta Health Network (MHN) and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA).
The seminar aimed to give participants a taste of what the European Union does, how it works, what 'advocacy' means in practice and how Maltese organizations be a part of a bigger reality.
The issues of Health Promotion, Environment, Common Agriculture Policy, Alcohol Pricing and Tabacco were amongst the topics discussed. Communications and Programmes Manager for EPHAMs Anne Hoel explained the development of EU directives and legislations and how the views of Maltese civil society organizations can reach EU institutions. Ms Hoel encouraged those present to work together and also with European organizations such as EPHA.
Mr Joe Sciberras and Mr Kurt Formosa on behalf of MEUSAC discussed the structures available for Maltese Civil Society organizations to participate in EU consultation and development of directives and legislation, explaining that MEUSAC offers NGOs comprehensive information in EU matters, consultation and funding mechanisms.
Commissioner for Mental Health and Elderly Dr John M. Cachia announced that the Mental Health Act is in the final stages and prior to be enacted as law, which safeguards the vulnerability of these individuals in society on a national level and not just as a responsibility for the Health Authorities.