Development of national health plans and strategies
AbstractNational health plans and strategies have been placed at the centre on WHO’s support to countries by the high-level Global Policy Group on which the Regional Director represents the South-East Asia Region. Countries have been developing national health plans for sometime now and WHO has a history in supporting this process in countries as well. The renewed interest in reviewing national health plans is a result of the increasing complexity in which these are formulated and implemented in, particularly with respect to the significant health impact of activities in sectors other than health. The Global Policy Group recommended to develop a Framework for National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans that is comprehensive with respect to consolidating both health sector sub-plans (e.g. intervention specific plans) and multi-sector health activities (e.g. issues like climate change) as well as consistent with overall medium-term expenditure and development plans and goals, especially the MDGs. Further, a tool kit to support this Framework is being finalized. In collaboration with all levels of the Organization, WHO will then initiate capacity building of WHO Country Office staff with the possibility of including country officials as agreed. This activity will start in September 2010 with countries that are to review national health plans in the next 12-18 months. In line with the Global Policy Group’s decision, the Regional Office has developed summary guidelines for assessing gaps in current national health plans in Member States. Detailed assessments in six countries have been carried out and findings shall be discussed at a regional consultation in August 2010 with the specific objective of agreeing on country needs and WHO’s role in addressing these as well as finalizing the Framework from a Regional perspective. The Framework will be presented to the 128th Executive Board in January 2011 for discussion and submission to the 64th World Health Assembly. The attached working paper (Doc. SEA/RC63/9) is submitted to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations. The recommendations made by the HLP Meeting will be submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). Development of national health plans and strategies. New Delhi: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/127766. License: World Health Organization