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Worldwide: Health Policy Plus Project

HP+ has a mandate across global, country, and sub-national levels to strengthen and advance health policy priorities in family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH); HIV; and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH). It aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy development and implementation, with an emphasis on voluntary, rights-based health programs, and by strengthening in-country partners’ capacity to navigate complex environments for effective policy design, implementation, and financing aligned to their priorities.

Plan provides the technical leadership to meet advocacy and global leadership-related results and will lead an activity called the Women’s Leadership in Advocacy and Accountability for FP/RH.

The project’s primary objectives, as well as illustrative activities that will be further determined by core and field support scopes of work are:

USAID/Prime: Palladium
Plan’s Sub-award Ceiling: $4,985,372, and Award Ceiling: $222 million
Project Start Date
August 2015
Project End Date
August 2022
Technical Areas Covered
Policy, financing, governance, and advocacy, within the health fields of FP/RH, HIV and AIDS, and MNCH Crosscutting: gender, capacity development and sustainability, equity, and M&E
Match Required
10% of expenditures
Any Other Relevant Information
Consortium: Palladium, Avenir Health, Futures Group Global Outreach, Plan International USA, Population Reference Bureau, RTI International, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and ThinkWell.

Advance Equitable Health Policies

IR1: Health policies are developed, adopted, implemented, and monitored that improve equity, access, availability, affordability, and acceptability of quality health services, supplies, and information.

  • Use analytical models, tools, and data for decision making, including on the needs of vulnerable populations.
  • Design, implement, conduct legal and regulatory analysis, and monitor macro-level policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Develop equitable, affordable, rights-based policies.
  • Support policy, including multisectoral policy and implementation at decentralized levels.
  • Identify and address operational barriers and assist partners to reduce barriers to equitable access to health services.
  • Formalize processes to involve civil society, including vulnerable populations, and the private sector in policy development, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Build technical, advocacy, and organizational capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) and vulnerable populations.

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Maximize Resources

IR2: Sustainable, predictable, and adequate financing for programs and health policy implementation is increased.

  • Promote policies that secure funds for key services.
  • Assist governments to institute budget equity and gender-based targeting processes that increase allocations to essential health services, especially for vulnerable populations, through tax-based resource mobilization, improved execution, and technical efficiency.
  • Improve expenditure tracking for better budget execution and greater fiscal responsibility.
  • Support the generation of evidence and promote its use during budgetary decision making.
  • Develop capacity for better financial management and use of information.
  • Support partners to implement a total market approach (TMA) aided by evidence-based country-specific dialogue among public, nonprofit, and commercial health sector actors.
  • Foster public and private partnerships to leverage domestic resource mobilization.

Promote an Enabling Policy Environment

IR3: Policy environment for public stewardship, accountability, and transparency is improved.

  • Support high-level policies mandating accountability in government departments and ministries.
  • Promote formal structures and practices for accountability to ensure that governments protect citizens’ rights and manage health resources effectively.
  • Support local decisionmakers, civil servants, and parliamentarians to improve structures and processes that promote accountability and transparency.
  • Build local citizens’ capacity to hold governments accountable through monitoring models and systems.
  • Create or adapt budget and social audit tools to analyze budgets, track expenditures, obtain citizen input, and present key policy findings.

Strengthen Country Leadership and Ownership

IR4: Sustainable development goals (SDGs) are advanced through global leadership and advocacy.

  • Generate and synthesize evidence, making best practices on sustainability, scale, and accountability for the SDGs widely available.
  • Strengthen the evidence base for decision making in health service, supplies, and delivery.
  • Advance global health agendas through advocacy that cascades information across multiple levels, improves stakeholder engagement, and assists global secretariats and partners within national and local governments and civil society.

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