Saudi Arabia, regarded as the heart of the Arab and Islamic worlds, connects three continents. The Kingdom is blessed with many expensive assets (Khashan H, 2017). Geographic, cultural, economic and social advantages have enabled it to take the leading position in the world. Consequently, the Saudi 2030 health initiative was formulated to build the best future of the country. The vision is based on three pillars namely: financial, economic and social. On the other hand, (WHO), the World Health Organization is a global specialized agency, headed by the United Nations (UN) and is concerned with the public health of all individuals across countries. Its headquarters are based in Geneva, Switzerland. It is also responsible for World Health report, and survey.
The Saudi vision 2030 and the WHO vision 2030 initiatives have certain similarities; first, both have a focus on improvement of healthcare sector through the use of digital transformation and use of information technology. This is meant to improve management and safety standards in healthcare facilities. Additionally, both are looking forward to establishing effective, International Health regulations, food safety and Influenza and pandemic control. Moreover, the two are focused on establishment of more healthcentres to provide services such as, vaccinations as well as dealing with chronic illness, cancer, maternity and HIV/AIDS control (World Health Organization, 2015).
In addition, both Saudi vision 2030 and WHO initiative have plans to increase health education programs and activities. These include health awareness campaigns about breast cancer, AIDS, Malaria Tuberculosis and adoption of the national plan for emerging threats in line with international standards (World Health Organization, 2016). Both have ambitions to an improvement of healthcare services and expansion of government services through reconstruction of more primary healthcare, increasing quality of health education through the Ministry of Education and health insurance. Moreover, both aim at increasing the number of trained personnel and improving their training.
However, Saudi vision 2030 and WHO 2030 health initiatives contrast. First, Saudi vision 2030 is based on the Arab and Islamic world whereby only three pillars are involved (Alshuaibi, 2017). On the other hand, the World Health Organization is a global non-governmental health agency that provides Medical services around the globe. Moreover, Saudi vision 2030 is majorly run by the public sector. It receives medical assistance from foreign investors. Its main dependence on imports has led to the need for pharmaceuticals to be manufactured locally. On the other hand, the WHO is a privately sponsored organization which is initiating to expand its partnership funding globally through renowned global scientists and medical assessment.
Moreover, the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia, through the health sector has a target to launch the Demographic and Health Survey project (DHS) (Yamada, 2016). It aims at catering for around 50,000 families across the different regions of the kingdom while the WHO 2030 initiative is concerned with launching various health projects worldwide to cater for over 61 countries through United Nations Economic and Social Council. Furthermore, the Saudi 2030 initiative focuses on increasing private healthcare expenditure and the Ministry of Health plans to spend over 23 Billion on new initiatives (SFDA). World Health Organization initiative focuses on new investments to cater for $274 Billion which will increase services and more than 14 million new health workers around the world.
In conclusion, the areas of discord exist since the Saudi vision2030 health initiative covers only three pillars hence its primary concern is in Saudi Arabia continent. On the other hand, the WHO initiative covers across the world by a provision of medical services through UN partnership in various countries worldwide (Njoroge et,al., 2017). Lastly, MOH should focus on efficient healthcare services globally.
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