National Health Sector Support
The health sector in Nepal has achieved very good results and Nepal is one of the few countries on track to achieve the Millenium Development Goals in child and maternal mortality reduction.
Health sector reform is ongoing in Nepal, and is being conducted within a sector-wide approach (SWAp), with coordination among external development partners (EDP) on planning, financing and policy issues. They have been instrumental in maintaining child survival high on the government’s agenda and, with the Ministry of Health and Population, their advocacy has resulted in a 30 per cent increase in the total health budget, and a focus on essential healthcare.
• Support the health sector SWAp with pooled funding to strengthen the whole health sector, ensuring progress is maintained, and actively participate in the Health Sector External Development Partners’ Group.
By 2010, there will be improved polices, programmes and implementation capacity at national and district levels for maternal, neonatal and child healthcare. In 15 districts, key health staff at District Health Offices will develop plans to implement free health services for the poor and disadvantaged, and at least 50 per cent of health facilities in these districts will have women and excluded groups participating in Health Facilities Management Committees.
The health sector SWAp will be supported with pooled funding from UNICEF, and there will be a strong alliance between EDPs to promote newborn, child and maternal health and mortality reduction. The GAVI-HSS funding will be utilised.
Nutrition strategies and projects will be in place and contributing to greater child survival.
UNICEF will be able to respond to the health and nutrition needs of children in emergencies.