The International Health Partnership was launched in 2007 in response to the need to accelerate progress on the health Millennium Development Goals, and now the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. It has grown from twenty-six partners in 2007, to 66 developing country partners, bi-lateral donor countries and international development agencies today.

In 2000, the global community made an historic commitment to eradicate extreme poverty and improve the health and welfare of the world's poorest people within 15 years. This Millennium Declaration led to agreement on eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), three of which focus specifically on health.

Total development assistance for health more than doubled between 2000 and 2010. The number of global initiatives designed to tackle specific health priorities also increased dramatically during this period. However, despite the rise in resources, progress on the health MDGs was mixed. The bottlenecks to progress have become clearer. Some are to do with weak health systems. Some are to do with the level and way health aid is provided. 

Global agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was achieved in September 2015. Following this, the overall goal of IHP+’s work on effective development cooperation post-2015 will be to attain the health-related SDGs (replacing the health-related Millennium Development Goals). Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is the key SDG target as it is essential to the achievement of all health targets. This renewed focus will be outlined in a preamble to the existing IHP+ Global Compact. 

The SDG most relevant to health is SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages. The SDG target of achieving Universal Health Coverage is critical to ensure a comprehensive health systems-focused approach to achieve the health related -SDGs. 

The IHP+ approach includes providing support to strong and comprehensive country and government-led national health plans in a well-coordinated way. Partners believe that by uniting around a single health strategy and by changing the way we work together, the health of citizens in developing countries will improve.

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