SEA/RC63/9 - 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 the result of the increasing complexity involved in their formulation and implementation, particularly with respect to the significant health impact of activities in sectors other than health. The Global Policy Group recommended that a Framework for National Health Policies, Strategies and Plans be developed that is comprehensive with respect to consolidating both health sector subplans (e.g. specific intervention plans) and multisector health activities (e.g. issues like climate change), as well as consistent with the 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 over 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, before being submitted to the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 28 June to 1 July 2010 reviewed the working paper and made the following recommendations: Action by Member States • Both health and health-related sectors should be represented at the proposed regional consultation on development of national health plans and strategies. Actions by WHO-SEARO (1) To organize the regional consultation on development of national health policy, plans and strategies, as planned, to implement the above-mentioned recommendation, and also (2) To discuss country-specific priority requirements for building capacity to develop national policy, plans and strategies. The working paper and the HLP meeting recommendations based on it are submitted to the Sixty-third Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2010). SEA/RC63/9 - Development of national health plans and strategies. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128384