Better health outcomes for women and children
Progress towards the health MDGs has been slower than expected partly due to the failure by policy makers and implementers to fully address the multi-sectoral nature of the social determinants of good health, such as education, nutrition and sanitation. A new series of papers, produced by OPM for the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) explains how to facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration to improve health outcomes.
One of the main obstacles to effective public health management is that high-level policy objectives, budgets and incentives tend to be set independently by line ministries in education, agriculture, water and sanitation without recognising their inter-dependent impact on health. A more collaborative approach is required.
This series of nine papers – four published, and five in the pipeline – identifies practical strategies, tools and technologies for facilitating cross-sectoral approaches. Papers that are currently available include: