The OneHealth Model
An Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Costing, composed of UNICEF, World Bank, WHO, UNFPA, UNDP, and UNAIDS, has been working since January 2008 on the harmonization of costing and impact assessment tools used for health sector planning.
The IAWG has reviewed existing planning, costing and budgeting tools for the health sector and is now developing a single UN tool, The OneHealth Model. The OneHealth Model is a new software tool designed to strengthen the development of national strategic health plans, by facilitating health system analysis, costing and financing scenarios at the country level. Its primary purpose is to assess public health investment needs in low and middle income countries. For the first time, planners have a single framework for planning, costing, impact analysis, budgeting and financing of strategies for all major diseases and health system components.
The work is supported by the six participating IAWG agencies, as well as the Global Health Workforce Alliance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNWOMEN.
The development of OneHealth has leveraged the best components of the different tools that currently exists and is designed in a modular fashion allowing for program specific costing as well as health sector costing.
The tool is planned to be ready for early application in countries in mid-2011.
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