UNDP works closely with other UN Agencies and development organisations, to develop resilient and sustainable health systems.

Gavi Go to website

Created in 2000, Gavi is a global Vaccine Alliance, bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries.
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It also focuses on strengthening health systems, looking in particular at countries with inadequate infrastructure, lack of trained healthcare workers and interruption in the supplies of essential products, along with a lack of data to track progress. It works to enhance CSO engagement in national health sector planning and policy processes.

UNDP India

UNDP India established a strong partnership with Gavi, taking lead of a $38.5 million component of the grant for rolling out eVIN, developing the national monitoring and evaluation framework for immunization, and support to national research. This partnership has now been extended to a 2nd phase (2017-21), with up to an additional $40 million in funding. The grant is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and UNICEF and WHO.

UNDP Tajikistan

UNDP Tajikistan and Gavi are in partnership to support the government to build 10 new health facilities, and refurbish 30 health facilities, with provision of equipment and the establishment of mobile services with training and monitoring. WHO and UNICEF are also receiving funds to support the government to implement the programme.

UNDP Zambia

UNDP Zambia and Gavi are finalising an agreement to provide financial mentorship to seven District Health Offices to support the implementation of the Global Fund Health System Strengthening grant. The proposed support will not only improve the reporting to GAVI, but it will also improve the programme delivery on the HSS grant, as delays in disbursements due to missing/incomplete reports will be minimalised.

WHO Go to website

On 4 May 2018 WHO and UNDP signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help support countries to achieve the health-related targets across the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the agenda’s commitment to leave no one behind.

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“By working with partners like UNDP, we can better address the social, economic and environmental determinants of health and make progress towards a fairer, safer and more prosperous future for everyone” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO.

WHO & UNDP have developed a joint commitment to strengthening country capacity to achieve universal health coverage, acting decisively on multi-sectoral responses to health emergencies, as well as ensuring delivery of essential health services in fragile, vulnerable and conflict-affected settings.

In line with WHO’s leadership on universal health coverage, UNDP and WHO are supporting countries to strengthen the capacity of their health systems, including addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.

The collaboration focuses on three key areas:

  1. Universal health coverage
  2. Health emergencies
  3. Health and environment.

The partnership between WHO and UNDP illustrates how the core competencies of the UN health and development agencies can come together to support multi-sectoral responses for health and deliver shared gains across the 2030 Agenda.

The Global Fund Go to website

UNDP and the Global Fund both work closely with other technical agencies and development organizations, who play a crucial role in the Global Fund model. There are certain key technical and development partners who contribute to supporting Global Fund programme development.

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  • Offering technical expertise in developing new programmes or finding bottlenecks and challenges preventing successful grant implementation.
  • Supporting country coordination.
  • Assisting with stakeholder engagement.
  • Monitoring and evaluating of Global Fund-supported programmes.

The partners below work to provide technical support to implementers (PRs, SRs and CCMs) in a variety of areas. More information on how to source the support can be found on their websites.

Read more about the UNDP's partnership with The Global Fund.

BACKUP Health Go to website

BACKUP Health, formerly called the German BACKUP Initiative is a global health programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Since 2002, the global health programme BACKUP Health has been supporting countries in three intervention areas: Country Coordinating Mechanisms, Health Systems Strengthening, Management Capacities of Global Fund Grant Recipients.

5% Initiative for HIV, TB and Malaria Go to website

The 5% Initiative focuses on Francophone countries which require technical expertise in designing, implementing, monitoring, evaluating and measuring the impact of grants allocated by the Global Fund, in order to enhance their effectiveness and their impact on health.
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It provides capacity development and supports the strengthening of systems for programmatic and financial management of grants, as well as enhancing monitoring and evaluation and the management of procurement and supply of medical products. Additionally it aims to strengthen grant governance and oversight by supporting Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCMs) and enabling countries to access Global Fund resources by assisting funding requests, and drafting national strategic documents.

The World Food Programme Go to website

The World Food Programme (WFP) assists 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
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One in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations, predominantly in conflict -affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.

WFP works with states to draft and implement policies that promote food security and nutrition objectives, rooted in strong governance, responsive institutions and an enabling environment. It offers nationally-tailored technical assistance and capacity development to strengthen individual government capacities to achieve national food security and nutrition objectives:

  • Policies and legislation
  • Institutional accountability
  • Strategic planning and financing
  • National programme design and delivery
  • Engagement and participation of non-state actors

It also focuses on embedding resilience in interventions, to lessen the effects of shocks and stressors and ensure that people rebuild better after disasters.

UNAIDS Go to website

UNAIDS leads the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Since it started operations in 1996, UNAIDS has led and inspired global, regional, national and local leadership, innovation and partnership to ultimately consign HIV to history.
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UNAIDS provides the strategic direction, advocacy, coordination and technical support needed to catalyse and connect leadership from governments, the private sector and communities to deliver life-saving HIV services. It places people living with HIV and people affected by the virus at the decision-making table and at the centre of designing, delivering and monitoring the AIDS response, and is a bold advocate for addressing the legal and policy barriers to the AIDS response. Link to Kitty’s section

UNAIDS generates strategic information and analysis that increases the understanding of the state of the AIDS epidemic and progress made at the local, national, regional and global levels. It leads the world’s most extensive data collection on HIV epidemiology, programme coverage and finance on the HIV epidemic—vital for an effective response.

UNAIDS helps to:

  • Encourage dialogue and bring in communities that have been left out of decision-making
  • Build health and community systems
  • Establish legal frameworks
  • Shape public opinion towards creating healthy and resilient societies

Stop TB Go to website

The Stop TB Partnership was established in 2000 to eliminate tuberculosis as a public health problem, with the aim of serving every person who is vulnerable to TB and ensure that high-quality diagnosis, treatment and care is available to all who need it.
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It operates through its 1500 partner organisations, which include international, non-governmental and governmental organisations and patient groups; along with a secretariat and seven working groups, whose role is to accelerate progress on access to TB diagnosis and treatment; research and development for new TB diagnostics, drugs and vaccines; and tackling drug resistant- and HIV-associated TB. The secretariat is governed by a Coordinating Board that sets strategic direction for the global fight against TB:

  • To ensure that every TB patient has access to effective diagnosis, treatment and cure
  • To stop transmission of TB
  • To reduce the inequitable social and economic toll of TB
  • To develop and implement new preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic tools and strategies to stop TB

The partnership focuses on a human-rights-based approach to TB grounded in international, regional and domestic law, which establishes rights to health, non-discrimination, privacy, freedom of movement, and enjoyment of the benefits of scientific progress, among others.

Roll Back Malaria Go to website

The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership is the global platform for coordinated action against malaria. It mobilises for action and resources and aims to form effective partnerships both globally and nationally, so that partners work together to scale up malaria-control efforts at country level, and coordinate their activities to avoid duplication and fragmentation, and to ensure the optimal use of resources.
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The partnership is comprised of more than 500 partners, including malaria endemic countries, their bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, non-governmental and community-based organisations, foundations, and research and academic institutions.

The Global Malaria Action Plan ‘Action and Investment to defeat Malaria 2016–2030 (AIM)’ is a guide for collective action for all those engaged in the fight against malaria.