Independent evaluation of the Health Development Fund (HDF)

Multi-donor pooled fund supporting the Ministry of Health & Child Care to improve equitable access and quality of healthcare in Zimbabwe: special emphasis on women, newborns, children & adolescents

Mother and baby
UNICEF Zimbabwe/2018/Frank Dejongh


The Health Development Fund (HDF) is a multi-donor pooled fund designed to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) and nutrition in Zimbabwe between 2016 and 2020. The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) was contracted by UNICEF to conduct the mid-term evaluation of the HDF, under the guidance of the HDF Evaluation Sub-Committee and the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) Zimbabwe and with technical and quality assurance from UNICEF Zimbabwe Technical Research and Evaluation Group (TREG). The final evaluation report is intended for review and use by the HDF Steering Committee (SC) members, including MoHCC officials, other associated line Ministries, donors, UN Agencies and implementing partners. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide the SC with an independent, rigorous assessment of progress made in the implementation of the fund during the period 2016-2018, and with options for adaptive redesign of the fund and to maximize the efficiency and impact of the fund during the period 2018-2020.The overall objective was to assess the extent to which the HDF strategies, approaches and overall intervention logic have contributed, during the implementation period, to sustain the delivery of quality, equitable RMNCH+A and nutrition services in Zimbabwe.

LTSM Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health
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