The Partnership Update - Autumn 2007

Country support

Nigeria visit, 16-22 September 2007

The Partnership Country Support Working Group (CSWG) conducted a visit to Nigeria from 16 to 22 September 2007. This visit had three main objectives: to work with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and partners in further development of Nigeria’s proposal for support; to identify areas where The Partnership might provide additional value-added (non-funding) support; to participate in advocacy activities aimed at increasing political and partner support for MNCH and implementation of the country’s new “Integrated Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (IMNCH) Strategy.”

11-14 November 2007, Blantyre Malawi, Health Care Professional (HCP) Workshop

Preparation for the Malawi held Health Care Professional Workshop is well under way. The workshop will take place in Blantyre, Malawi on November 11-15, 2007 and will gather Health Care Professionals, public sector representatives and regional and international agencies and organizations from Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. The workshop will consist in presentations, panel discussions and workgroup activities. The keynote address will be given by the Honourable Minister of Health of the federal republic of Nigeria, Dr. Adenike Grange.

Visit the "Countries" web section

The Partnership website has created a full section dedicated to Country Work and support. Link to the "Countries" link on the Left Hand navigation list on The Partnership Home page. (Just after: “What we “) This link takes readers to a general information page on Country Support principles with links to in depth information, policies and documents about and related to the Country Support Working Group as well as country news and country information pages detailing MNCH status and MNC-related activities in those countries.

Costing tools review

A number of costing tools relevant to the health MDGs have been developed and tested over recent years. These tools take different approaches to costing and budgeting health sector plans and activities. Many organizations receive regular questions about what are the differences between these tools, and which ones can be used to answer specific questions posed at the country or global level. In order to provide an independent assessment of the tools, The Partnership in collaboration with WHO, UNICEF, the World Bank, UNFPA, and the Norwegian Government have commissioned a technical review of 13 costing tools, which is currently being conducted (September-December 2007)