Global Health Council, Inc.

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.1 Proposed programme budget 2020–2021
Statement: 

Global Health Council supported by the Frontline Health Workers Coalition commends WHO’s proposed program budget for 2020-2021 and overall investment case for 2019-2023. WHO has outlined a path toward a triple billion target and a transformational agenda that requires adequate resources across global programs.

We welcome the guidance to ensure the budget meets WHO’s commitment to measurable outcomes. We note the emphasis placed on a more integrated and holistic approach to programs, which is needed to achieve the triple billion target set out in the GPW and the SDGs.

In addition, we note that the budget takes into account the resources needed to not only respond to public health emergencies but also strengthen health systems that can provide a range of services to address maternal and child health, NCDs, nutrition, as well as communicable diseases. This includes the importance of trained and supported health workforce teams in every community to realizing UHC. We expect the proposed budget to reflect the importance of these goals and pressing need for greater and more strategic investment in delivering the services and health workforce needed to achieve UHC.

We commend the inclusion of the results framework in the proposed budget sections for each of the outputs identified in the GPW. Importantly, the results framework outlines the return on investment in WHO initiatives, providing indices and metrics that track towards strategic objectives. We encourage accountability mechanisms that track appropriate and efficient use of resources through value-for-money guidance.

Finally, we thank all Member States that have reaffirmed their financial commitment to WHO and urge the provision of flexible funding to be used toward more health systems approaches and emerging priorities or emergencies, as determined by WHO at both the international and regional or country level.