Training Workshop on the Strategic Planning and Costing for National health Plans Using the United Nations OneHealth Costing Tool
Place: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Date: 29 May - 1 June 2012
A strong policy, strategy and planning framework is essential for effective and equitable service delivery. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Bank (WB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have developed the United Nations OneHealth Costing Tool to facilitate integrated planning and costing by bringing together health systems and programme planning into one results-based framework. The OneHealth Costing Tool can be used to support development and costing of a national strategic health plan, national programme plans and subnational plans; a medium-term expenditure framework, or a needs assessment for the Millennium Development Goals.
The workshop will enable the country to generate basic cost projections and analyse health system implications for planning and expanding coverage of services under different scenarios. The tool facilitates assessment of health system capacity and bottlenecks that will impede reaching desired targets. Thus, it will also allow the country to understand more specifically the interactions necessary between health system inputs and service delivery outputs to achieve national health goals.
It is expected that at the end of the workshop, the participants will have an understanding on how to use the OneHealth Costing Tool for the following:
- to cost health-related interventions in different country contexts, and to generate basic costing projections for current and scaled-up coverage of needed health interventions;
- to perform a strategic assessment of health system performance and capacity for key interventions and to determine key areas of concern;
- to develop and compare alternative scenarios for planning scaling-up actions, and examining the financial implications as well as the expected reduction in disease burden (morbidity and mortality);
- to assess health system implications for scaling up and ensuring sustained delivery of health services and programme activities; and
- to analyse how disease-specific or health programme planning can be better aligned with overall plans on human resources and other health system plans.