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Global Health Cluster Nairobi meeting final report

Global Health Cluster meeting, Nairobi 2009

Over 60 Global Health Cluster partners met in Nairobi 16-18 November, 2009, to review global and country health cluster work in 2009 and to develop a draft Global Health Cluster work plan for 2010.

November 16, 2009, was dedicated to meetings of the two sub-groups of the Global Health Cluster - the GHC Policy and Strategy Team and the GHC Working Group - to review global and country cluster work during 2009 and to develop a draft GHC work plan for 2010 and prepare presentations for the GHC plenary group on the 17th November.

November 17-18, 2009, was allocated for the Global Health Secretariat meeting. with more than 60 participants from 23 Global Health Cluster member organizations attending the meeting over the two days.

Tuesday 17 November 2009

The objective was to build common understanding of global cluster related issues and challenges and country cluster implementation trends. Issues included:

  • Funding remains a problem for coordination of the health cluster at all levels.
  • Clarifications on accountability and responsibility are needed for co-lead/co-coordination at country and sub-national level.
  • There was general consensus that the GHC needed to remain actively involved in IASC initiatives, especially on shared stewardship of the cluster, accountability, cluster evaluation phase II and assessment processes. Active participation by agencies is encouraged and the GHC should invite more organizations to become members.
  • Challenges for increased involvement in the GHC need be identified and addressed. Sub-groups and sub-clusters within countries should be avoided. Clusters should aim to cooperate on cross-cluster issues rather than creating sub-clusters.

Wednesday 18 November 2009

The objective was to reach common understanding of key challenges for country health clusters and agreeing what the GHC should do to further strengthen essential capacities – resulting in a draft GHC work plan for 2010. Two panel discussions were organized with the participation of the Kenya and Somalia WHO Offices, NGO heath cluster partners and the OCHA Head of Office from Kenya and Somalia. Some of the main issues arising from the discussions included:

  • Although governments may have different approaches and involvement in the cluster, they need to be in the front line for the cluster - otherwise they could hinder implementation.
  • There is a need for tools that will provide a first indication of an emerging situation, to be followed by a more in-depth needs assessment covering all clusters.
  • There is a need for development of exit strategies for the cluster.
  • It is important for the success of the cluster to have a dedicated HCC.
  • There are identified gaps in cross-cutting issues, with few to champions these issues.
  • It is important that all staff are informed on the cluster approach. There is a need for increased levels of training at the country level on the humanitarian reform and financing mechanisms.

The final afternoon session was dedicated to preparing for the development of the GHC workplan and priorities for 2010.