Operationalizing the Partnership's Approach to Country Support

Author(s): The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Publisher: WHO
Publication date: 2007
Pages number: 8
Language(s>: English


The achievement of MDGs 4 and 5 relies heavily on the ability of countries to meet set targets regarding maternal newborn and child health (MNCH). It is therefore key that adequate support be provided to the countries to ensure the availability of the necessary tools to ameliorate MNCH.

The objective of the Country Support Working Group is therefore to serve a catalytic function. It helps governments and their partners focus and coordinate available resources and other inputs in order to accelerate progress to improve MNC survival and health, as well as to help generate additional resources when existing resources are already being effectively applied.

Operationalizing the Partnership's Approach to Country Support is a document that specifies the approach to be used in the provision of support to countries. It is comprised of four sections.

The first section lists The Partnership recommended elements for countries to accelerate progress towards MDGs 4 and 5. This section enumerates seven actions, ranging from the establishment of a government led coordination mechanism to the alignment of national and regional resources to MNCH national plans, which are crucial to the promotion of MNC survival. This section also highlights the ways in which The Partnership will contribute to these initiatives.

The second section details the ways in which the approach will be shared with partners and countries. It also establishes the basis for planning and communication of Partnership country support activities.

The third section details the inputs that The Partnership will put forth to support each of the aforementioned seven listed recommendations. It delineates Partnership responsibility.

The final section describes the application of Partnership identified elements in direct engagement countries. It provides information about strategies in the three “foundation development countries” as well as the “jump start countries”. Furthermore, it lists other direct engagement countries.

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