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Project ID 00073262 Description Bhutan - Health
Fund
Bhutan UN Country Fund
Start Date *: 14 Dec 2009
Theme
Health
Project status Financially Closed
Country Bhutan Participating Organization   Multiple
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UNDAF Outcome 2: By 2012, increased access and utilization of quality health services, with emphasis on reproductive health, maternal and child health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other non-communicable diseases. (MDGs 4, 5, 6)

CT Outcome 1: Capacity of Government strengthened to formulate and implement results-oriented policies and strategies that create an enabling environment for reproductive health, maternal and child health, STIs, HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria programmes.

Strategy/Outputs: UNICEF and UNFPA, in partnership with WHO will support the Government in ensuring quality standards of health care system. Support will be provided to develop a National Nutrition Policy and guidelines to extend supplementation and fortification interventions.

UNFPA will assist the Ministry of Health and other partners in revising RH policies and strategies and implementing interventions on improving safe motherhood and RH services. UNAIDS will facilitate the operationalization of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV/AIDS. UNICEF and UNFPA will strengthen health information system to provide data requirements for result oriented programme and policy formulation and also support capacity development to conduct joint Demographic Health Survey (DHS) and Multi Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS).

CT Outcome 2: Capacity of RGOB strengthened to increase access to and delivery of quality health services for all including reproductive health, maternal and child health and nutrition, TB, malaria and other non-communicable diseases.

Strategy/Outputs: UNICEF and UNFPA will strengthen quality services and expand emergency obstetric care and essential newborn care through training of health personnel and upgrading of existing health centres, suppling of medical equipment, improvement in infrastructure. UNICEF will provide technical assistance to sustain immunization coverage at more than 90 percent. Capacity of health providers and caregivers will be strengthened to promote breastfeeding, infant and young child feeding practices, with a focus on under-5 children. UNFPA will collaborate with the Ministry of Health in achieving its goals of universal access to RH and HIV/AIDS prevention services through provision of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health package including maternal health, family planning and advocacy. The UNFPA will also work towards addressing gender equity by collaborating with relevant institutions through appropriate interventions.

CT Outcome 3: Capacity of Government to respond to prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS and STIs through multi-sectoral approach strengthened.

Strategy/Outputs: The United Nations Theme Group on Health and HIV/AIDS with support from UNAIDS will provide sustained support to complete development of a national HIV/AIDS monitoring and evaluation system including guidelines that can track HIV epidemic trends, while ensuring reporting of programme outputs and outcomes. In collaboration with WHO, UNAIDS will support the development and utilization of strategic information (M&E or Surveillance) of the country’s response to HIV/AIDS. This will strengthen the country’s policy and programming decisions towards universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support. The United Nations will pursue improved coordination among the national programme, development partners (World Bank, GFATM) and emerging civil society partners and will provide support to the development of multi-year operational plan on HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS will support advocacy, leadership and capacity development initiative to effectively respond to HIV/AIDS particularly in low prevalence setting like Bhutan. Engagement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHWA) will be encouraged. UNICEF and UNFPA will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Education to develop life skills-based education addressing HIV prevention, adolescent reproductive health, and drug and substance abuse among young people.

The United Nations will focus on strengthening awareness of HIV/AIDS in the local and socio-cultural context through local and religious institutions. UNICEF will enable health facilities to provide PMTCT and paediatric ART services at national and sub-national level.

UNFPA will facilitate and strengthen the implementation of multi-sectoral national AIDS strategic plan through capacity building of RGOB on comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. The United Nations will partner with World Bank and GFATM for communications interventions related to HIV/AIDS and with World Bank on avian and human influenza.

CT Outcome 4: Government and community partnerships enhanced to promote utilization of health.

Strategy/Outputs: UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO will support the empowerment of village health workers, religious bodies and community leaders, to increase demand for use of health and nutrition services, particularly within the maternal and newborn care package.

UNICEF and UNFPA will continue to strengthen advocacy on behavioural change communication with policy makers, village health workers and religious and community institutions, in partnership with front-line service providers.

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