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Project ID:00074903Description:PNG W1: 2.1 Health
PNG UN Country Fund
Start Date *: 20 Apr 2010
Foundations for human developm
End Date*: 31 Dec 2012
Country: Papua New Guinea Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

WINDOW 1: 2 Foundations for Human Development

UNCP Outcome 2: By 2012, children, youth, women and men benefit from basic quality health, education and protection.

2.1 Health

Intermediate Outcome 1: By 2012, children, youth, women and men will access basic and quality health services, especially in disadvantaged areas.

UN comparative advantage

The UN system, particularly WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA, has long been active in strengthening national capacity in health with particular focus on primary health care, through training, technical assistance, provision of supplies and support, studies and research. The comparative advantage of the UN lies in furthering the strategy of decentralization, in combination with influencing national policies towards demonstrating its sustainability and results in all areas of child survival, maternal and reproductive health and disease control. FAO and WHO, along with the Codex Alimentarius Commission, are the joint sponsors of the global joint food standards programme and can provide support for food and nutrition security and food safety in Papua New Guinea.

Proposed UN system results

WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA will work together to provide training of health workers and health system strengthening to implement the child survival package, particularly relating to child health (MDG 4), women’s health, safe motherhood, and reproductive health (including adolescent reproductive health) (MDG 5) and nutrition issues. In particular they will collaborate towards the National Health Plan outcome of “Family health services strengthened and made up of preventive and curative health interventions addressing the health of mothers and children. WHO will enhance the capacities for control and surveillance of communicable diseases, in particular malaria and tuberculosis, and early detection and response to disease outbreaks. Furthermore, strengthening of health systems, including support for human resource planning and development, in order to ensure better access of the population to basic quality health services, even in remote areas, would be undertaken.

Support to prevention and improved management of non-communicable disease, and pursuing healthy lifestyles, will be other priorities. UNFPA will continue to lead in the development of policy on implementation of reproductive health. UNFPA will also lead in the development of an adolescent reproductive health strategy and development of other relevant strategies. UNFPA will continue to build the capacity of health workers all over the country to provide quality services in reproductive health. WHO and UNICEF will continue to support the Department of Health’s Healthy Islands (Home Fit for Children) approach to stimulating community involvement in health, which uses schools and other community-based structures as key entry points. UNICEF will provide training and supplies in support of water and environmental sanitation. FAO and WHO may provide support to strengthening the national food control system in Papua New Guinea, thereby contributing to the protection of consumer’s health and facilitating fair trade in food.

The UN agencies will work in close collaboration in order to assure that the rights of women, children, youth and other vulnerable groups are respected in relation to access to services and those women and youth are empowered to claim their rights in relation to their reproductive health. UN agencies will provide support in strengthening health services for children and women through improved access to and utilization of the essential package for child survival, improved nutrition and access to safe water and sanitation as well as strengthening the availability of health services for reproductive health including adolescent reproductive health) through improved access to and utilization of antenatal care and emergency obstetric care, improved nutrition status of women, particularly in areas of greatest need.

Partnership development

The UN system will contribute to the DoH and its SWAp Health Services Improvement Programme, and to provincial administrations, as well as collaborate closely with AusAID, NZAID, the Japanese Embassy, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), and other donors and the Alliances of Churches for Health Services, NGOs, and CBOs. FAO and WHO will work together with the DAL, MOH and NFA on food-related health issues.

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