Small Island Systems SIG aims to facilitate collaboration, knowledge exchange and peer support / coaching on planning, commissioning, delivering and evaluating people centred integrated care in small island systems.
This Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to facilitate collaboration, knowledge exchange and peer support / coaching on planning, commissioning, delivering and evaluating people centred integrated care in small island systems. It will enable small island systems to learn from each other, share examples of innovation and understand how multi-sectoral planning, financing and governance can build resilience, accelerate transformational change and health system strengthening, and make progress on sustainable development goals. It will offer Ministries, WHO and NGOs ready access to a cohort of experts on implementing people centred integrated care in the context of small island systems. The SIG will connect three distinct groups of small island systems:
Small island states (population < 125,000) with high income economies
Small island systems (state / region / municipality ) with population < 500,000
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) http://unohrlls.org/about-sids/
All three groups experience specific challenges but share common issues such as outward migration combined with an ageing population and high levels of chronic disease; a limited workforce skills base within a small population; difficulties with recruitment and retention of specific specialist staff; and lack of economies of scale resulting in high costs for energy, infrastructure, transportation, communication and services; and a reliance on public sector.
The SIG will provide a platform for members to share experience, examples of good
practice, signpost practical resources, and agree and collaborate on research, education, coaching and evaluation priorities for small island systems. SIG members will shape the scope of SIG activities and outputs. These may include:
Good practice case studies and practical resources to support transformation
IFIC Conference workshops
Online peer support and blogs
Summer Schools; Study Visits or Twinning activities