Providing for Health

Where and how does P4H work?

The focus of P4H is on country support. Since its launch, the number of countries working with the network has steadily increased.

The golden rule: By using the simple ‘inform & involve’ principle, the P4H network builds on the already up-and-running and planned UHC/SHP interventions of its members across a range of sectors by, for example, sharing a plan of operation, the terms of reference (TOR) of a planned study or mission, or a request for support from a national partner. By discussing opportunities for collaboration and how best to coordinate different activities at an early stage, P4H seeks to reduce incoherence and avoid duplication of effort while at the same time encouraging available synergies.

The main mechanism for delivering P4H support is the country network for UHC/SHP. National level networks, comprising national stakeholders and P4H members, build on and strengthen existing coordination mechanisms, and are open to other interested parties that have a stake in UHC/SHP.

Typically, P4H becomes involved at the national level, with two or more P4H partners responding to a partner country’s call for support in its efforts to develop UHC/SHP. The work of the national networks is then complemented by regional and global level support from P4H partners where requested and appropriate.

Ideally, the involvement of P4H members at country, regional and global level is guided by a country-owned roadmap for UHC/SHP, which sets out the milestones, roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders that will ultimately bring about meaningful change.

A joint support plan then allocates different support activities to specific members, and sets a timeframe for implementation. This decentralized support model forms the basis for the flexible, tailored and integrated P4H support to countries across levels and sectors.