Health services development

Global Health Initiatives

With the increasing recognition that weak health systems are obstacle to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6, the global health initiatives (GHIs) such as the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) and the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) have opened windows of funding opportunities to support health systems strengthening (HSS) activities in their respective eligible countries since the mid 2000's.

In 2009, a High Level Task Force on Innovative Financing for Health Systems was established to identify a financing mechanism that would complement traditional aid and bridge the financing gaps that compromise attainment of the health-related MDGs. The Taskforce recommended to streamline the HSS support from various partners and aligning them with the national health plans, cycles and mechanisms. Upon a recommendation by the Taskforce, a joint Health Systems Funding Platform (HSFP) was established by the Global Fund, GAVI Alliance, the World Bank, with a facilitation of WHO, in order to "coordinate, mobilize, streamline and channel the flow of existing and new international resources to support national health strategies." The Platform is based on the principles of the International Health Partnership and related initiatives (IHP+) and in line with the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, to promote national ownership, alignment, harmonization, managing for results and mutual accountability; and aims to obtain a greater value for money and to better integrate services delivery to maximize health gains for immunization, maternal and child health and the three diseases, thereby contributing to achievement of the MDGs 4, 5 and 6.

WHO Western Pacific Regional Office provides technical assistance to support the countries' HSS activities and initiatives funded by the global health initiatives, throughout the entire process of proposal development, grant negotiation, grant implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

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