Country cooperation strategy 2012-2017

CCS 2012-2017: cover page

The WHO Country Office for India’s areas of work are enshrined in its new Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) 2012-2017. The CCS represents WHO’s medium-term vision for its collaboration and envisaged contributions to improve health in a given country, which simultaneously fosters the country’s contributions to the global health agenda.

The WHO CCS – India (2012-2017) has been jointly developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) of the Government of India (GoI) and the WHO Country Office for India (WCO). Its key aim is to contribute to improving health and equity in India. It distinguishes and addresses both the challenges to unleashing India’s potential globally and the challenges to solving long-standing health and health service delivery problems internally.

The CCS incorporates the valuable recommendations of key stakeholders garnered through extensive consultations. It balances country priorities with WHO’s strategic orientations and comparative advantages in order to contribute optimally to national health development. It includes work on “inter-sectoral” actions, regulations and reform of the provision of (personal and population) health services that impact on the health system outcomes – health status, financial protection, responsiveness and performance.

To contribute meaningfully to the national health policy processes and government’s health agenda, the CCS has identified three strategic priorities and the focus areas under each priority:

Strategic priority 1: Supporting an improved role of the Government of India in global health

  • International Health Regulations: Ensuring the implementation of International Health Regulations and similar commitments.
  • Pharmaceuticals: Strengthening the pharmaceutical sector including drug regulatory capacity and, trade and health.
  • Stewardship: Improving the stewardship capacity of the entire Indian health system

Strategic priority 2: Promoting access to and utilization of affordable, efficiently networked and sustainable quality services by the entire population

  • Financial Protection: Providing universal health service coverage so that every individual would achieve health gain from a health intervention when needed.
  • Quality: Properly accrediting service delivery institutions (primary health care facilities and hospitals) to deliver the agreed service package.

Strategic priority 3: Helping to confront the new epidemiological reality of India

  • Health of Mothers and Children: Scaling up reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services.
  • Combined Morbidity: Addressing increased combinations of communicable and noncommunicable diseases.
  • Transitioning Services: Gradual, phased “transfer strategy” of WHO services to the national, state and local authorities without erosion of effectiveness during the transition period

Achievement of the CCS objectives calls for major adaptations in the way the WCO plans, works, organizes and delivers measurable results towards the goal of ensuring better health for all Indians in collaboration with the Government and other partners.

The critical challenge for the WCO will be to adjust and scale up its capacity to provide support for the required technical excellence that would enable meaningful contributions to national health policy processes, and the government’s health agenda. The CCS implementation will be based on two-year Action Plans developed by the WCO in consultation with the MoHFW taking due consideration of the health priorities envisaged by the 12th Five Year Plan.