Implementation of the WHO Programme Budget 2014-2015 in the African Region: Report of the Regional Director
AbstractEXECUTIVE SUMMARY 1. An overview of the current level of financing and the status of implementation of the 2014-2015 approved budget for the African Region, the tasks initiated from January to July 2014 and the challenges associated with its implementation are presented in this report. The report also highlights the status of internal controls and compliance with rules and regulations as these have implications for both the WHO Secretariat and Member States. 2. The 2014-2015 approved budget for the African Region is US$ 1.12 billion, representing 28% of the global WHO-approved budget of US$ 3.977 billion. Seventy-five per cent (US$ 843.90 million) of the regional budget is appropriated for countries with a balance of US$ 276.1 million (25%) allotted for the Regional Office, including the Intercountry Support Teams (ISTs). 3. Major tasks are being undertaken across the six Categories, in accordance with the Organization’s core functions. Through engagement of partners, generation and translation of knowledge, provision of guidance and technical support, Member States are being supported to improve the prevention and control of communicable and noncommunicable diseases. New vaccines and other interventions are being introduced and the quality of implementation of activities has improved to enhance access to health services. 4. Furthermore, WHO is leading advocacy and resource mobilization and providing strategic, technical and logistic support to Member States in response to emergencies in the Region, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Collaboration with the African Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa has been strengthened and is facilitating the implementation of important activities to address the health priorities of the Region. 5. At the time of reporting (July 2014), the total funds received in the Region was US$ 757.76 million, which means an average funding level of 68%. The implementation of the programme budget was US$ 341.5 million, representing 30% of the approved budget and 45% of the available resources, with variations across Categories and Programmes. With 30% of the overall expenditure, after staff costs, Direct Implementation and Direct Financial Cooperation (DFC) are the most utilized funding mechanisms for implementation of activities at country level. However, although reporting by Member States on DFCs has improved, it does not meet compliance and oversight requirements. 6. Effective implementation of WHO technical cooperation with Member States requires that available resources are strategically allocated to regional priority programmes. While the reprogramming process could help to rectify some of the distortions in the funding of the budget, the ongoing financing dialogue is expected to further improve alignment of funding with the approved programme budget. It is critical that Member States make substantial improvement in the area of financial and technical reporting in accordance with the financial rules of the Organization, while participating more actively in additional resource mobilization to fill the programme budget funding gap. 8. The Regional Committee is invited to examine the report and provide guidance for future action.
Regional Committee for Africa, 64. (2014). Implementation of the WHO Programme Budget 2014-2015 in the African Region: Report of the Regional Director. World Health Organization. Regional Office for Africa. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/144477
DescriptionRegional Committee for Africa, Programme Subcommittee (2), Sixty-fourth session, Provisional agenda item 3
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