Netherlands signs renewed partnership programme with WHO
Four-year commitment includes flexible funding for priority public health initiatives, and funding for water and sanitation and reproductive health research
The Netherlands Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan renewed their partnership for global public health for 2014-17 today. The €40.9 million partnership programme has three components: €17.6 million in fully flexible funds to be allocated in support of WHO Member State global health priorities, €17.2 million for reproductive health research and €6.1 million for water and sanitation initiatives.
The Netherlands’ partnership with WHO reinforces two of the countries’ key development cooperation policy themes: sexual and reproductive rights and water. Through fully flexible funding, and ongoing work with WHO on its reform initiatives, the Netherlands strengthens commitment to effective development cooperation generally and to improving reproductive health outcomes specifically. In April Ploumen was nominated by the Organization of Economic Cooperation as Co-Chair of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.
“The Netherlands’ partnership with WHO is helping ensure that WHO is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex health challenges of the 21st century. The four-year commitment improves the predictability of our funding, which will in turn improve our efficiency in improving the health of the world’s people,” said Chan.
The agreements signed today complement a four-year, €11.9 million agreement the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport signed with WHO in November 2013.