The Ministry for Health and Active Ageing in Malta is responsible for the health policy, the
provision of health care and public health initiatives in Malta. It is led by Minister Jo Etienne Abela together with Parliamentary Secretary Malcolm Paul Agius Galea.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the provision of free public health care services in
Malta, including acute care at Mater Dei Hospital, primary health care services, mental health services and the provision of medication in the Government formulary. It also regulates all health care services in the country and develops and implements policy related to public health, such as disease prevention and control, health promotion and environmental health.

Together with this vision and mission, our aim is also to ensure the best quality of daily life to the elderly sector and increase efforts to sustain the best practices and services needed by them.

Some of the main areas the Ministry of Health focuses on include improving access to health care services, improving the quality of care and ensuring that health care services are given in a cost-effective and efficient way. The Ministry also works to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent chronic diseases through education, campaigns to raise interest and awareness and other initiatives.

As Ministry for Health and Active Ageing together with the Parliamentary Secretariat our vision for Active Ageing is to continue to ensure a better quality of life for the elderly who still live in the community as well as those who are living in one of the residences dedicated to the elderly in Malta and Gozo.

During the last years, we have continued to invest in providing the best possible care where we have introduced many services in many homes for the elderly as well as in the San Vincenzo de Paul Hospital. Here they are not only offering care to elderly residents, but they are also offering clinical services to several elderly people living in the community.

As a ministry, we continue to look after the elderly who still live in the community by offering services that facilitate and improve their lives. The elderly are not only enjoying care services that are offered in their own home, but also those that help them with their daily needs such as the home help service, Handyman Service, Carer at Home, Meals on Wheels, and a chain of other services offered by Active Aging and Care in the Community.

We want no elderly person to feel alone and with this aim, we have continued to invest in day centers in the community. In these day centers many activities take place, both informative and entertaining, where they not only keep the elderly active, but are also crucial for keeping in touch. We also created the intergenerational program which it brings together young children and teenagers with the elderly in our community and residential homes. Through this program, both the elderly and children are not only learning from each other, but also continuing to mix the culture and life they lived from past times with modern ones.

The Ministry plays a critical role in ensuring the health and welfare of the Maltese people and works closely with other government agencies to provide a good quality service.

The Ministry strives to continue improving the health and well-being of the Maltese people and continues to work to achieve its goal of providing free quality healthcare services to all Maltese citizens.