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Nepal discusses progress in the health sector and plans for their new five-year strategy

The last in a series of Joint Annual Reviews of the National Health Sector Programme II (2010-2015) took place at the Everest Hotel in Kathmandu between the 23rd and 25th February 2015.  

Nepal joint annual review

The last in a series of Joint Annual Reviews of the National Health Sector Programme II (2010-2015) took place at the Everest Hotel in Kathmandu between the 23rd and 25th February 2015. The meeting was presided over by the Minister of Health and Population and included all stakeholders in the health sector, including the public and private sectors and development partners.

The meeting highlighted the excellent progress made against ambitious targets set under the MDGs. Both maternal and Child mortality have declined sharply, and progress has been made in improving access and quality of health services. The meeting also discussed the new National Health Policy (2014) and the evolving regulatory framework in health and plans for more decentralised planning and management in the next sector programme.

The draft NHSP III was presented along with its results framework. This draft outlines the main push towards the objective of Universal Health Coverage and emphasised the need for greater equity, quality, reform and working beyond health. The new programme aims to maintain progress on MNCH outcomes and includes greater attention to the emerging burden of disease from Non-Communicable Diseases. It calls for more work to create healthy lifestyles and health environments and aims for increased collaboration between sector to achieve this. The new NHSP III documents will be published later in the year.

David Daniels, Director of MannionDaniels, worked with the Ministry of Health and Population to support the development of the new NHSP III over the preceding year (2012-3).

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