Global Health Cluster meeting of partners, Geneva, 14 - 15 December 2011
The Biannual Global Health Cluster Meeting was hosted by WHO on the 13th – 14th December 2011 in Geneva. As the previous Strategic Framework and Work-plan (2009-2011) was coming to an end, December’s meeting was an opportunity to tackle different challenges affecting the work of the Health Cluster at country and global level, and build on the identified challenges to draft the strategy and the work-plan for 2012-2013.
Also, in light of the new WHO agenda of reform (e.g. increase country effectiveness, subsidiarity, comparative advantages); as well as the UN humanitarian reform agenda (improve leadership, speed, accountability, preparedness); and the financial vulnerability at this time of crisis, WHO has proceeded with the restructuration of the humanitarian wing of its work. This reform has resulted in the inception of the Emergency Risk Management and Response department ERM that replaced the former Health Action in Crisis Cluster.
The Assistant Director General, Dr Bruce Aylward attended part of the meeting and introduced the New Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Framework, and provided an insight on the transition from HAC Cluster to the new ERM Department and its consequences on the work of the GHC.
As listed above the meeting was an opportunity to finalize the strategic framework and the work-plan for 2012-2013, with the focus on the following chapters:
- Surge Capacity for acute emergencies
- Leadership, coordination and accountability
- Preparedness and readiness
- Information Management systems
Challenges and opportunities at Country Cluster level
Health Cluster challenges in the Horn of Africa crisis
Somalia country profile
Joint HQ/EMRO mission to Horn of Africa
Community-based treatment of children in central and south Somalia
Challenges and opportunities at the Global Health Cluster level
Guidelines for research and evaluation of the Global Health Cluster
Global Health Cluster evaluation
Challenges and opportunities at the global level
Inter-cluster coordination challenges
Health and WASH clusters: does current organization fit public health stakes in emergencies?
Health and WASH inter-cluster coordination
The new Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Framework
Strategic Framework (2012 - 2013)
Leadership, coordination and accountability
Global Health Cluster strategic objectives
Review of evaluations, country mission reports and lessons learned
Review of the GHC assessment and monitoring tool
Preparedness and readiness
Preparedness and readiness - the implications for the Global Health cluster
Criteria for country classification
Surge capacity for acute emergencies
Survey on existing methodologies and tools for assessment and monitoring of health needs
Multi-cluster/sector initial and rapid assessment
Gender and health: improving humanitarian effectiveness
Updates from the Inter-agency Working Group on reproductive health in crises
Foreign medical team working group
Review of Evaluations, Country Mission Reports and Lessons Learned
Please note that for presentations that were delivered without an accompanying slide show, the information discussed can be found in the meeting minutes (soon to be published).