Influenza

Partnership Contribution High Level Implementation Plan II (HLIP II)

WHO strengthens capacities of countries to prepare for the next influenza pandemic with the Partnership Contribution. In 2013, WHO issued the first five-year, high-level Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013-2016 (HLIP I) which defined a program of work that would increase global preparedness in 5 areas: laboratory & surveillance; knowledge of influenza disease burden; regulatory; risk communications; and planning for deployment.

The second plan – 2018-2023 – will build on achievements and lessons learnt from implementing HLIP I. It will reflect a changed landscape for health emergencies and its development was guided by two key processes: an analysis of preparedness gaps and needs; and an independent external evaluation of activities supported by PC funds.

Gaps and Needs Analysis

In 2016, a ‘gaps and needs’ analysis was completed to consider PC implementation achievements to date and to suggest future directions for preparedness work. Through interviews, workshops and an online survey, a wide range of stakeholders helped to identify:

  • activities that need continued support;
  • activities that no longer need funded support; and
  • new areas of work that could benefit from PC funds.

The outcomes of the Gaps and needs Analysis can be found in the report:

Independent external evaluation of PIP Partnership Contribution Implementation

In parallel, an independent external evaluation of PC-funded activities was undertaken. The evaluation had three key objectives:

  • to assess progress towards HLIP I outcomes and outputs;
  • to measure the short-, medium- and long-term impact of PC funds in supporting influenza preparedness; and
  • to identify lessons learnt that could inform the next implementation plan.

The work was guided by the principles and practices contained in the WHO Evaluation Practice Handbook. The External Evaluation was completed in April 2017 and, in keeping with the WHO Guidelines, a Management Response to the evaluation was prepared.

Development of High Level Implementation Plan II

A first draft of HLIP II was shared in March 2017 and discussed among the Advisory Group and stakeholders during their consultations that same month. In response to feedback, the timeline for development of the plan was extended to allow more time for consultation and input from stakeholders from June through September 2017. It is anticipated that a final draft HLIP II will be shared with the Advisory Group and stakeholders in mid-October in advance of discussions during the November Advisory Group meeting. The document will then be revised as necessary and submitted to the Director-General for approval. Once approved by the Director-General the document will be published.

Country prioritization in HLIP II

A key element of HLIP II is the process for prioritizing countries that may receive PIP PC funds. This process will be undertaken in close consultation with WHO GISRS Collaborating Centres and include a review of criteria that were used for HLIP I.

Stakeholder input

Stakeholder feedback is essential to the success of HLIP II. The process to develop HLIP II includes several opportunities for engagement with stakeholders. Additionally, stakeholders are invited to share their views and provide input at any time. Submissions should be provided to the following email address: pipframework@who.int.

Additional Resources

As part of the Gaps and Needs Analysis, a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) exercise was held on 20 October 2016 during the PIP Framework Advisory Group meeting. This document reflects input received from a diverse range of stakeholders, including members of the Advisory Group, civil society, and industry.