To achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the health sector within the next decade, 12 multilateral agencies that encompases health, development and humanitarian organizations have pledged to collaborate in order to achieve Global Action Plan For Universal Health Coverage within 10 years.
Themed as Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, the new joint effort by the multilateral agencies took over 18 months to develop and have been prepared to achieve SDGs by 2030 through ‘doubling the efforts’. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO have said that collaboration is the path and that impact is the destination about the new Global Action Plan.
The said 12 agencies is said to contribute about one-third assistance to all things related to health. Though this new global action plan, the agencies plan to work with countries to set priorities and help implement them, gear up progress in different countries in arena of public health care, sustainable health financing, community and civil society engagement, health determinants, innovative programming and disease outbreak responses in vulnerable settings, R & D, and data and digital health. The Global Action Plan also aimed to work toward gender equality as well as timely deliverance of global public goods. It also plan to work toward feasible logistics and financial strategies and thereby improve overall efficiency.
The Joint Global Action Plan is said to be pertinent considering the report of the Universal Health Coverage: Global Monitoring Report, which was released last week by WHO that have said that at the present pace, it isn’t possible to achieve Universal Healthcare Coverage by 2030.
The 12 multilateral agencies are as follows:
- Gavi- the vaccine alliance
- The Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (The GFF),
- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (The Global Fund),
- The Joint Programme United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS),
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
- UN Women
- World Bank Group
- World Food Programme (WFP)
- World Health Organization (WHO)
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