Many countries are not equipped to deal with crisis and conflict situations. Such events have the potential to reverse years of development gains, decimate systems for health and diminish national capacity. Helping countries to both prevent and mitigate the risks of crises and conflict is essential to the work of UNDP. For health, this includes addressing the development impact of health crises, building and maintaining the capacity of vulnerable countries, as well as leveraging the available capacity of government and civil society to effectively deliver health services.
The role of social protection in addressing poverty and promoting inclusive economic growth is being recognized. It has the potential to play a key role in reducing an individual’s chance of becoming infected with HIV, improving treatment outcomes and reducing the damaging effect of HIV on people, households and communities. UNDP supports HIV-sensitive social protection.
To help ensure the sustainability of national funding for HIV, UNDP and other partners have recommended a combination of financing approaches, such as increased domestic funding, improvements in programming efficiency and reallocation of resources to high impact and rights based interventions. This may include the integration of HIV and other services, broader health systems strengthening, strengthened governance, civil society engagement and synergies with other development objectives.
Proposed guiding questions:
What contributions can UNDP make to supporting efforts to build resilient and risk-informed systems for health?
What contributions can UNDP make to development challenges at the nexus of gender, health and environment?