H4+ partnership: joint country support to improve women’s and children’s health
The H4+ partnership comprises six United Nations agencies: UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO and the World Bank. These are the lead technical partners for the implementation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. As the constituency with the most extensive reach in low-income/high burden countries, H4+ agencies have committed to facilitate implementation of the commitments made to the Global Strategy through the provision of equity-based, integrated support for countries’ health plans.
Since September 2008, H4+ agencies have programmed joint support to countries for reproductive, maternal and newborn health. This support focuses on advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (Reduce child mortality) and 5 (Improve maternal health), but also touches upon MDG 6 (Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases) and MDG 3 (Promote gender equality and empower women), when relevant. It also involves working with national teams to identify gaps, develop action plans and provide coordinated technical support in the implementation of those plans. After the launch of the Global Strategy in 2010, the scope was further expanded to child health and focused on helping countries put their commitments to the Strategy into action.