26 November 2015

After its launch at the UN summit in New York, stakeholders of the ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’ Initiative convened in Geneva on 18 November 2015. This first technical consultation helped to identify roles and next steps and to gain a common understanding of key concepts.

First Technical Consultation of ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’

The first technical consultation of the ‘Healthy Systems – Healthy Lives’ Initiative took place in Geneva on 18 November 2015 on the sidelines of the Steering Committee Meeting of the International Health Partnership (IHP+). It aimed to identify focal points and define roles for the Initiative.

In order to build a common understanding on health systems strengthening (HSS), identify fields of action and principles, this milestone brought together around 50 relevant global health stakeholders.

Heiko Warnken on behalf of Germany and Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny on behalf of WHO opened the consultation, followed by a presentation by WHO on the concepts of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), HSS and resilience.

Participants were asked to share their perspectives on what they would like to change with regards to HSS. One topic that emerged clearly from the discussion was the need to avoid further fragmentation of international and national HSS efforts, with universal health coverage (UHC) serving as a potentially unifying joint vision.

Other topics discussed included the role of information systems, health financing and domestic fiscal systems, measurement and monitoring, equity as well as health systems bottlenecks such as infrastructure.

In preparation for the next meeting at the Universal Health Coverage Conference in Japan on 16 December 2015 several questions were raised:

  • How to bring existing principles for effective development cooperation and the seven behaviours’ of IHP+ really into practice?

  • What hinders and what supports improvements towards HSS and UHC at international and at country level?

  • What are good practice examples for HSS? (e.g. with regard to government leadership; good financial governance; domestic resources; WHO building blocks)

  • What do countries have to change at national level to improve the coherence in the health sector?

  • Where do international players need to change the way they support countries in building strong and resilient health systems?

  • How can we ensure that in-country coordination mechanisms for the health sector play a stronger role in ensuring ownership and alignment of efforts?

  • How to engage interested stakeholders and actors in the further dialogue and process of the initiative Healthy Systems-Healthy Lives?

The relevant stakeholders can send their feedback and ideas to roadmap.hss@bmz.bund.de  until 4 December 2015.

Further information:

Presentation by Heiko Warnken, BMZ, at the first technical consultation

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