Harmonization for health in Africa: progress report
AbstractA series of high-level forums held between 2003 and 20061 identified critical policy-level constraints that must be addressed to accelerate progress towards the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The post-high-level forum meeting held in Tunis in June 2006 recommended that partners and countries work together to strengthen regional capacity to provide demand-driven technical support to countries as well as opportunities to exchange experiences. Another recommendation was establishment of a mechanism that will facilitate and coordinate the process of country-led development of evidence-based policies and plans for the accelerated attainment of the MDGs. 2. The African Development Bank, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank agreed in 2006 to jointly set up a regional mechanism known as Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA). This mechanism aims to support countries and development partners to facilitate: (i) evidence- and country-based planning, costing and budgeting for health outcomes, (ii) alignment with country processes and harmonization; and (iii) removal of health system bottlenecks. The functioning of the HHA is overseen by the regional directors of the collaborating institutions. They have designated a technical oversight committee to oversee the implementation of a rolling workplan and to report on progress.
Regional Committee for Africa, 58. (2011). Harmonization for health in Africa: progress report. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/1774