IHP+ Fifth Country Health Teams Meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia: Presentations
IHP+ partners from 34 countries and 25 development agencies, are currently meeting at the fifth country health teams meeting in Siem Reap, Cambodia. All presentations can be found at the end of this article.
His Excellency Dr. Mam Bunheng, Minster of Health, opened the meeting by welcoming almost 200 participants and wishing them a fruitful discuss over the next three days. “We are pleased to meet country representatives from all over the world to learn from each other and share the best practices.” His Excellency Khim Bunsong, Governor of Siem Reap Province, spoke of the cultural and historical context of Cambodia.
In 2007, when IHP+ started, Cambodia was one of the first countries to sign the Global Compact. It has been working to improve development cooperation in health using the IHP+ principles as leverage. The Minister of Health acknowledged that IHP+ has been instrumental in supporting the important functions of the Technical Working Group for Health in the recent years. Dr. Bunheng concluded, “Cambodia recognizes that greater health development effectiveness is crucial for accelerating better health results, and thus achieving important national and international health goals.”
The meeting began with a discussion about what effective development cooperation in health might look like post-2015. Moderated by Dr Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Vice Chair, International Health Policy Program Foundation, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand, participants asked questions to a panel of donor agencies, government representatives and CSOs.
Issues of trust, reliability, and cooperation were discussed in association with donor alignment and harmonization with country-led systems. Panelists talked about what had worked well as well as what had not been successful and what we should not do in the future. Some key points were that we need to learn lessons and not repeat mistakes from the past. We should not do business as usual, but try to ‘upset’ things a little.
The following days of the meeting explored some of these issues in more detail, and identified ways to achieve greater alignment with country priorities, plans and systems.
Day one presentations
Session 1: Setting the scene. Summary of IHP+ key developments over the past two years.
Progress on effective cooperation: the latest results of IHP+ monitoring
Methodology on IHP+ monitoring
Session 4: Development cooperation in different environments: parallel sessions
4a. Effective development cooperation in a world of targeted funding
4b. Fragile states: what are the priorities for effective cooperation in health
Day two presentations
Session 6: Harmonizing and aligning financial management arrangements: achievements; challenges; priorities post 2015
Session 7: Tools and approaches for effective cooperation: parallel sessions
7a) Experience with joint annual reviews (JAR)
7b) Experience with joint financial management arrangements / assessments
7c) Procurement and supply management: progress, challenges, priorities
7d) South-south cooperation: achievements; challenges; priorities
- Joint Financial Management Assessments in Liberia and Sudan
Collaboration among development partners and government
- High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth
Synergies with UHC 2030
- Trailblazing south-south collaboration for UHC
Thailand promotes equal peer exchange and learning.