Malta’s previous leader emphasises the need for fair healthcare opportunities
Queen Mary, Malta Campus recently hosted Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the former President Emeritus of Malta. The visit focused on critical healthcare challenges in Malta, specifically addressing the need for health equity (fair access to healthcare) and the role that Queen Mary, Malta and its students will play.
Healthcare challenges in Malta
Malta has faced significant challenges in healthcare in recent years. A key concern is the rapidly aging population that is putting pressure on financially sustainable models for public healthcare.
Doctor John Paul Cauchi, a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at Queen Mary, Malta Campus, acknowledges the many challenges facing the region but adds they are not insurmountable.
“While the significant population increase of the past years has enriched Malta with multiculturalism, new ideas and new opportunities, Malta also faces considerable challenges to our infrastructure, our social safety net, the cost of living, and, increasingly, our environment as these population pressures affect our small islands,” says Doctor Cauchi. “All these changes impact our wellbeing and our health.”
Cauchi says these challenges make equitable health for everyone increasingly important.
One of the highlights of President Coleiro Preca’s visit was her insightful speech in front of students and staff.
“It was a privilege to have her share her vision and achievements as the head of state and the founder of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society,” said Ron Cohen, a Queen Mary Malta student.
“She emphasised the need to promote human dignity, social justice, and inclusive health for all, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in Maltese society. Her words inspired and challenged me to strive for excellence and compassion in my studies and (not so distant) future career.”
Queen Mary’s role in shaping health equity
To address the issues of health equity in Malta, Queen Mary University of London is poised to play a significant role in addressing healthcare challenges and advancing medical research.
Doctor Cauchi says that while Queen Mary is already a centre of excellence in medical learning and a hub for cutting-edge research, its role in bolstering healthcare in the region will become more vital in the years to come.
“Through networking with local and international partners, Queen Mary is also exploring ways of carrying out important research both locally and abroad, especially in the clinical and environmental health spheres.”
Queen Mary is actively forging collaborations with local and international partners to conduct critical research, particularly in clinical and environmental health domains.
As Queen Mary grows and evolves it aims to contribute substantially, both locally and globally, to shaping the future of healthcare and bringing about positive changes for the Maltese population.
“It was a privilege to have her share her vision and achievements when she was head of state and the founder of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society.”
Ron Cohen, medical student at Queen Mary, Malta