Save the Children signs on Sudan Health Compact
Save the Children has been invited by the Sudan Federal Ministry of Health and WHO to be one of the technical working group for the International Health Partnership (IHP+) and signatories on the Sudan Local Health Compact. This Sudan Compact mirrors the objectives of the international agreements signed by Sudan. It aims at promoting stronger and more effective partnerships that can enhance Sudan’s progress towards global health goals such as the Millennium Development Goals.
In Sudan 14% of the nation don’t have access to health facilities. The current government expenditure on the health sector is 8%. In this event, the government of Sudan renewed its commitment to raise the expenditure on the health sector to 15% of GDP to ensure free and quality primary health care.
Through this Compact, the Ministry of Health is calling upon all signatory partners – government, development partners and CSOs, to coordinate and unify their efforts “there are 38 global initiatives in Sudan implemented by the health sector and many of them are addressing the same issue” said the Ministry of Health. The Compact will ensure that development partners and civil society should not engage only with the Federal Ministry of Health, but furthermore, they are also obliged to work with the Federal Ministry of Finance. The civil society organizations and implementing partners should align their strategies and plans to the National Health Sector Strategic Plan 2012-2016 and subsequent National Health Plans which have been developed in an inclusive manner. This also applies to the relevant plans at state or locality level. This is for all health-related activities, irrespective of the source of funding.
The signatories of this Compact agree that their funds and activities will support the one jointly assessed country health strategy (currently NHSSP 2012-2016), which states clear priorities and which is results-based and costed, with clear arrangements for monitoring performance.
Joining signatories for Sudan Compact will enable Save the Children to advocate for quality health care for children and mothers in Sudan and mobilize resources to achieve the health agenda endorsed by government, development partners and SCOs.