The meeting was organized jointly by IDI and the CAROSAI Secretariat and included speakers from the World Health Organization (WHO), SAIs, a civil society organisation, and a government office in the region. The meeting had close to 90 participants, who contributed actively by posing questions to the speakers throughout the meeting.
The objectives of the meeting were to create a common understanding of public health services resilience and to share experiences and ideas for working together for high quality, high impact 3.d audits.
First, WHO introduced and explained what health systems resilience is and its linkage to the target 3.d that the SAIs participating in the IDI initiative are to audit. Then, IDI briefed the audience on how SAIs are expected to audit this, in line with IDI’s Audit of SDGs Model and what audit impact is.
It was stressed that the audits with their forward-looking focus on how governments may learn lessons to enhance their capacities in handling future public health emergencies may contribute to governments’ efforts at creating a better policy environment for health in the economic recovery period. Moreover, speakers touched upon the critical importance of involvement of civil society organisations and media in bringing forward the results of the audit to enhance audit impact.
The full recording of the meeting can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fltIjkNRTQ