The H4+ partnership: joint country support to improve women's and children's health
Progress report 2013
The work of H4+ is recorded in a variety of ways. This includes, among others, documentation of the development and implementation of individual country plans, monitoring reports of the implementation of specific grants for joint country support work, and a periodic survey of H4+ focus countries that have made commitments to the Global Strategy.
This report draws on data gathered from these sources to provide a brief description of the support that the H4+ partnership has provided to countries in progressing towards their RMNCH goals.
The survey of 58 countries conducted in 2013 aimed to provide a mapping of H4+ organization within each country and the support it provides. The exercise was carried out through an internet-based survey, using a semi-structured questionnaire to explore the extent of H4+ efforts towards supporting country implementation in line with the H4+ scope of work from 2010 to 2013. The 22 quantitative and qualitative questions aimed to capture information along three broad themes:
- general H4+ coordination and organization in the country;
- implementation of the H4+ scope of work in the country;
- ways in which H4+ is contributing to the mobilization of additional financial, technical and other resources for accelerating RMNCH in the country.
H4+ country teams completed the questionnaires in collaboration with government counterparts. One representative of each of H4+ agencies who was identified as the country focal point led the questionnaire process during the month of April 2013. Completed questionnaires were returned to a database managed by WHO headquarters. Data available for each country were synthesized quantitatively and qualitatively by grouping responses according to the above-mentioned themes. Out of the 58 targeted countries that received the questionnaire, 46 responded (79.3%); two questionnaires were incomplete. Information from a total of 44 questionnaires were synthesized. Summary data from this synthesis, together with information from other sources, were used in developing the following sections of this report.