WHO supported a two day symposium on 15th and 16th of July 2016 in the Seychelles, which aimed to familiarize health care team with the concepts of patient-centred care, and agree on the application of patient-centred care mechanisms, taking cognizance of the Seychelles context. The symposium was attended by 180 participants, drawn from the respective health professions, policy makers in health, patient care groups, and media stakeholders. The facilitation was led by Dr. Delanyo Dovlo, Director of Health Systems and Services in AFRO and included Nuria Toro Polanco from WHO/Geneva Service Delivery team.
The symposium was opened by the Minister of Health Mrs. Mitcy Larue, who highlighted the need for person-centredness in provision of services and attainment of the health goals of the Seychellois people. Minister Larue highlighted the need to understand that the person is a full participant in the process of designing and providing health care.
Seychelles has placed the improvement in the quality of services its population receives as one of the key policy thrusts that will consolidate the achievements of Universal Health Coverage that it has so far attained. To this end, an increased focus on person-centred care is one of the strategic thrusts the country is pursuing to facilitate achievement of this goal.