Adequate financing of child health programs is a priority in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Many well-articulated national strategic and operational plans are not implemented due to insufficient resources. In many countries, program planners and managers do not have access to information and tools for resource planning. The Financing and Resource Planning subgroup will contribute to the use of evidence-based financing options and resource planning. The subgroup will increase access to information and best practices by synthesizing and sharing lessons learned on costing and resource mobilization for community child health programs in low- and middle-income countries. The subgroup will work with donors to make available more integrated, complementary funding for primary health care, advocate for breaking down silos for child health financing, and improve coordination among decision makers to develop investment plans. The subgroup will also use evidence and approaches for non-traditional financing, like the private sector, including public-private partnerships to increase funding for child health programs. Using the rich expertise and experience of members, the subgroup will enhance existing costing tools and approaches, support, where applicable, the development of investment cases and resource mobilization and sustainability planning.
- To promote and advance the use of evidence-based strategies for program planning, resource generation and allocation to extend and sustain access to equitable, high-quality child health services.
- Generate and disseminate evidence and best practices on strategies for program planning, resource generation, and allocation for integrated child health programs.
- Strengthen the capacity of program managers and policy makers to plan and advocate for sufficient financial resources for the sustained implementation of integrated child health programs.
- Facilitate the dissemination and use of lessons learned for child health from initiatives on integrated health program financing.
- Collaborate with the Implementation Science subgroup to identify knowledge gaps and develop a research agenda on financing and resource planning for child health.
- Collaborate with the Private Sector Engagement subgroup to identify and disseminate approaches to mobilizing non-public sector or non-traditional resources for child health programming.
- Colin Gilmart, Management Sciences for Health
- Ben Picillo, Results for Development