Encourage collaboration towards health-related Sustainable Development Goals

Ahead of the 75and the World Health Assembly, the 13 signatory agencies of the Global action plan for healthy lives and well-being for all (ODD3 GAP) released their third progress report, Stronger collaboration for an equitable and resilient recovery towards the health-related SDGs, encouraging collaboration.

The report notes that, more than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, compounded by overlapping global crises, progress on the health-related SDGs is further behind. Countries have achieved around a quarter of what is needed to meet the SDG health targets by 2030.

He also highlights the need for the SDG3 Global Action Plan, which focuses on improving collaboration to help accelerate countries’ implementation of the SDGs. The report gives examples of how new, more integrated ways of working are impacting people’s health and outlines ways to further improve that impact, for example by creating more incentives for agencies to work more closely together. whole.

Over the past year, the initiative has strengthened its collaborative structures, with 52 countries (an increase of 15 since last year) receiving joint agency support. An SDG3 GAP “revival strategy” and a joint letter from Heads of Agencies to Country Teams, including UN Resident Coordinators, further paved the way not only to expand joint agency work to more countries, but to deepen in-country collaboration to better meet country needs and ensure that no one is left behind.

The SDG3 GAP continues to align its work with global health initiatives to reduce fragmentation in the global health architecture. The aim is to facilitate countries’ coordination with agencies, increase efficiency and facilitate progress towards universal health coverage. For example, the SDG3 GAP has fully integrated Initiative H6/Every Woman, Every Child and works in countries such as the Republic of Congo, to improve reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health services, through enhanced coordination of technical and financial partners.

In an effort to align, the initiative has also created communities of practice in fast-track areas such as primary health care, with a strong focus on gender equality and equity. For example, agency support in Pakistan through the Primary Health Care and Sustainable Financing Accelerators led to the piloting of a new essential package of health services, as well as a development case. investment to enable long-term sustainable scale-up and more equitable access to health services, including focusing on the most vulnerable and marginalized communities identified by children who have not received a single dose of vaccine.

Signatory agencies have now addressed all six recommendations of the 2020 SDG3 GAP Joint Evaluability Assessment, paving the way for an independent assessment in 2023. Through the SDG3 GAP monitoring framework, countries assess how agencies work together and suggested ways to strengthen national coordination mechanisms and align more with their national priorities.

SDG3 GAP agencies have strengthened their collaboration on primary health care and other areas in more than 50 countries. But to truly transform the way we jointly help countries recover from the SDGs will require stronger incentives for collaboration.said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of WHO, Chairman of the SDG3 GAP Principals Group.

Incentives are essential to encourage closer collaboration between SDG3 GAP agencies. The new report cites four areas that have been tested as effective approaches to fostering collaboration: joint funding, joint monitoring, joint evaluation and joint ‘governance’. The goal is to refine and scale them in 2022 and beyond.


Quotes from SDG3 GAP agencies

Dr Seth Berkley, CEO, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

“We cannot have an equitable recovery from the pandemic if we leave behind the most vulnerable in our communities. This includes zero-dose children who have not received a single vaccine injection. We need close collaboration between agencies and with countries so that we can reach children at zero dose and expand access to families who lack essential primary health care services.

Juan Pablo Uribe, Director, Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents

“There is no doubt: partnership and collaboration are a critical pathway to help country leaders address the overlapping challenges and crises that are preventing millions of women, children and adolescents from survive and thrive.

Guy Ryder, Director General, International Labor Organization

“The GAP has helped raise awareness of decent work deficits in the health sector and the need for sustainable investments in the health workforce, including in decent working conditions and equipment.”

Peter Sands, Executive Director, The Global Fund

“We have started 2022 facing unprecedented health challenges. If we are to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3: health and well-being for all, we must boost our collaboration, funding and commitment to fight health crises. today and prepare for the health threats we face. The most effective way to achieve this is through an integrated approach in which we leverage each other’s strengths to maximize our resources and impact.

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS

“To ensure a resilient recovery and to achieve the health-related SDGs, leaders will need to take courageous action to tackle the inequalities that are holding back progress. Leaders must work in true partnership with community-led organizations, empower women and girls, end discrimination, ensure new health technologies reach all who need them, and invest in health and social protection. To emerge from the crisis, the only realistic strategy is to be bold.”

Achim Steiner, Administrator, United Nations Development Program

“The COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, humanitarian emergencies and other shocks reinforce the fragility of health and human security. Life expectancy – our benchmark measure of global health – has declined for two consecutive years as a result of COVID-19. It is crucial to regain lost ground on the health-related SDGs, prepare for future crises and achieve a world where people and planet thrive. With SDG3 GAP partners, UNDP helps countries tackle the determinants of health using innovation, data and digital solutions to strengthen equitable, resilient and sustainable health systems that leave no one behind and affect the furthest first.

Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA

“The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that strong, high-quality health systems must reach everyone. UNFPA, along with our partners in the SDG 3 Global Action Plan, are working in crises around the world to build the resilience of women and girls and protect critical health systems.

Dr Muhammad Pate, Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents:

Partnership is at the heart of the GFF country model. COVID-19 has shown even more clearly that collaboration is key to fighting the pandemic and achieving the health-related SDGs. Working together, GAP agencies have accelerated their efforts to strengthen partner alignment, commitment and accountability behind country-led response and recovery efforts to recoup health gains and build a more inclusive and resilient recovery.

Catherine Russell, UNICEF Executive director

“As multiple crises threaten our hard-won progress in improving child health, now more than ever, we all need to pull in the same direction. Under the SDG 3 GAP, 13 agencies come together to support country-led efforts to strengthen primary health care and health systems. Every child, everywhere has the right to survive and thrive and SDG 3 GAP helps us reach the hardest to reach children, including those in zero-dose communities.

Dr Philippe Duneton, Executive Director, Unitaid

“Unitaid is committed to finding innovative solutions to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease, and is committed to increasing and improving access to these innovations for those who need them most. Through partnerships such as the Global Plan of Action, Unitaid and its partners are helping to accelerate progress towards achieving global health goals.

Sima Sami Bahous, Executive Director, UN Women

“Inequalities arising from discriminatory practices, cultural and social norms have an impact on many aspects of women’s health. The Global Plan of Action gives us the means to tackle these issues head on and advance gender equality more generally. Through this, we can work to ensure that more women and girls can make informed decisions about their bodies, their health and their future and have control over it. We can address the adoption and implementation of laws that protect sexual and reproductive rights. And we can create stronger community engagement to increase demand for and access to health services, including ending COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and increasing investments in health systems that support a greater well-being for all.

Dr. Mamta Murthi, Vice President for Human Development, World Bank Group

“In a world facing multiple crises at the same time, global agencies working better together to help countries reverse the impact of the pandemic on health and human capital is of paramount importance.”

David Beasley, Executive Director, World Food Program

“WFP is stepping up its efforts to achieve the SDGs for health and nutrition by supporting the global response to COVID-19, providing life-saving medical supplies in emergencies and working with our partners to improve the food security of communities. most vulnerable communities in the world.

Read the full report here.

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SDG3 GAP Agencies

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF)

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund)

International Labor Organization (ILO)

Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

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United Nations Development Fund (UNDP)

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

World Bank Group

World Food Program (WFP)

World Health Organization (WHO)

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