First progress report on implementation of the Commission's recommendations
Translating recommendations into action:
November 2011 - June 2012
By the end of 2012, the 75 priority countries will have a draft CAF. The initial months of implementation and the review of progress has shed light on work areas that are moving fast and others where it is more difficult to progress. The next phase of implementation is critical and requires a stock-taking exercise to review the original strategic work plan (attachment 1) and explore how to fast-track certain areas where progress has been slower. In order to keep momentum and facilitate timely and coordinated follow-up, the working groups and WHO secretariat propose the following actions for the upcoming year:
Advocacy: High-level political influence will be solicited to maintain partner engagement and facilitate continued political commitment, particularly at the country level. Civil society and the private sector are also critical partners to stimulate country-level action.
Expanded Partnerships: New partners will be engaged in order to support countries to deliver on various aspects of the CAF. A promising approach is to strengthen regional institutions to assist countries in the implementation of their CAFs.
Resource mobilization: Resources will need to be mobilized to ensure that the 75 countries have the necessary funds to implement their CAFs; the resources are not yet available for each of the countries to deliver on their plans. Partners and donors at global and country level will need to be approached to try to match financial commitments to country demands.
Communicating results: As countries implement their CAFs, an active mechanism for exchanging information and sharing results, lessons and strategies will be established. The ability to articulate results and identify gaps will be a critical approach to mobilize resources.
Strong links to Global Initiatives: The last six months have seen new initiatives contributing to the Global Strategy, such as the Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, the Family Planning Summit and the Child Survival Call for Action. All contribute to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy and strong links will be forged at the operational level to capitalize on and maximize synergies.