Each country framework can be viewed,
or downloaded as a word document. It is also possible to
view the contents of the database by issue – i.e., to
look at responses to the same issue in different
countries. To review a single country’s framework,
simply click on the map or select from the list of
countries in the box below. To review the same or multiple document section
over a number of countries the application allows you to combine document sections freely. To learn more about this feature use help on The WHO database on health in PRSPs (multiple country display). The
subject areas of the framework are.
Structure and finance: This
section summarises the overall objectives of the PRSP,
and draws out information recorded in the PRSP document
on the health budget. The aim is to see how, if at all,
the overall PRSP prioritises health and to see if this
prioritisation is reflected in budget increases. We have
found that PRSPs typically contain very limited budget
Poverty Context: This section
looks at the way in which the PRSP defines poverty, and
at what criteria it uses to identify the poorest groups
and regions. It also includes information on how
progress towards PRSP goals and targets will be
monitored; a key question here is whether the PRPS
distinguishes between poor and non-poor groups and how.
Poverty and Health Context:
This looks at the conceptual links made between poverty
and poor health, and between good health and economic
growth. Specifically, it asks whether the main health
needs of the poor have been identified, and if
any disaggregated health statistics have been provided.
As with the poverty context section, the aim is to see
how far the PRSP is focused on the needs of the poor(est).
This is important as studies suggest that the non-poor
tend to capture the lion’s share of benefits of many
Health components of the PRSP –
information: This section summarises all information
and data on health in the PRSP. It does not provide
comment on the adequacy or accuracy of that information.
The aim is to determine what analysis underpins the
health strategies put forward.
Health components of the PRSP –
objectives, strategies and indicators: This is the
main section of the framework. It summarises the health
strategies put forward by the PRSP and asks: are these
strategies targeted at the poor? Are indicators
identified to measure progress on these stategies? Are
indicators linked to the MDGs, and do they reflect
pro-poor targeting? The purpose is to examine, in a very
systematic way, the implicit and explicit poverty focus
in health components of PRSPs.
Beyond the Health Sector – health
strategies in other sectors: This section asks the
same set of questions as the section above, though it
focuses on other sectors where a link to health has been
made. Most commonly, this is water and sanitation and
environment. If the PRSP itself does not make a link
between say, education and health, then education will
not be examined in this section.
Analysis – While previous
sections summarise or record "raw information"
from the PRSP, this section provides WHO’s analysis.
It comments on the quality and depth of information
presented on health, coherence between this information
and the strategies proposed, the level of poverty focus,
and the extent to which cross-sectoral activities for
health are reflected.
Summary Table – This table
takes a set of recognized "pro-poor" health
policies and asks whether they are reflected in the PRSP.
These include reproductive and child health, improved
water and sanitation, addressing financial barriers to
health care, and others. Simple yes/no responses are
given on whether these strategies are present in the
PRSP, targeted at the poorest, linked to monitorable
indicators, and in turn whether these indicators are
linked to the MDGs and reflect pro-poor targeting. It is
important to point out here that "pro-poor"
targeting is interpreted rather broadly, e.g, measuring
progress in rural vs. urban populations would be
accepted as an example.
Progress Reports – Where they
exist annual Progress Reports are also examined.
This database is also searchable,
for example it is possible to draw out
information on a particular disease, such as Malaria, or
on a topic, such as human resources, throughout the whole
database. More information on the search features of this application can be found here