changing the way we work together

Welcome to the section of the IHP+ website dedicated to country partners. We hope you will find what you need. We have signposted you to news and events, case studies and progress updates for different countries. As always, there are links to the tools and frameworks you may find useful in your work.

Countries are at the heart of IHP+. A key element of IHP+ is a commitment to encourage more and different stakeholders to unite around a single country-led national health strategy. Each country has its own approach to planning, and many different stakeholders are involved. IHP+ is open to all developing country governments. 

Partner countries can benefit from IHP+ in the following ways. Being a country partner can:

  • Help generate wider support for national priorities. The Global Compact can be used to remind local development partners of commitments to support national health plans and systems
  • Raise awareness at global level on persistent local aid effectiveness problems
  • Create opportunities for sharing experiences such as how to develop a country compact

Getting results through more effective development cooperation: three country examples where effective cooperation has contributed to better results:

1. Ethiopia scaled up its health extension worker policy nationwide faster than many thought possible. A key factor was that the federal MOH provided a clear vision and credible plan, and identified to all donors where it needed support.

2. In Nepal, government and donors worked together to ensure that a free maternal health care scheme introduced in a few districts was scaled up rapidly nationwide. Strong coordination and joint financing mechanisms already in place made this possible.

3. In Sierra Leone, active government involvement to develop a multi-partner Country Compact and Joint Funding Arrangement has strengthened government leadership, made difficult by the proliferation of partners. Positive outcomes include the free health care initiative and a partner co-ordination mechanism for disease outbreaks.

Countries make a number of commitments when they join IHP+ including to:

  1. Work with national stakeholders and international agencies to develop a common vision for the health sector
  2. Develop improved financing mechanisms to increase access to health services for poor citizens and strengthen national management systems 
  3. Be accountable to citizens and other stakeholders for results.

We hope that you will share experiences and lessons learnt with other partners. If you would like to contribute a story to this section of the website, please contact us: info@internationalhealthpartnership.net

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