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Institutionalizing Explicit Processes for Setting National Health Priorities

About the Institutionalizing Explicit Processes for Setting National Health Priorities Learning Exchange

National priority setting is an essential step in countries’ strategic planning process for health. It draws on analysis of the health needs of the population and the strengths and weaknesses of the country’s health system to determine the key objectives of the health sector for a given period. These nationally determined priorities should then feed through into subsequent decisions on resource allocation and planning. By institutionalizing explicit priority-setting processes that are transparent, inclusive, evidence-informed, equitable and accountable, countries can help ensure that health policies, strategies, and plans consistently align with national health and development goals such as UHC, and that scarce human, financial, and other resources are used in a way that is consistent with, and helps to achieve, these goals.

The learning exchange will bring together a group of country representatives with experience in working to institutionalize explicit priority setting as part of strategic planning for the health sector. This group will exchange experience and draw out lessons learned from their efforts. The learning exchange will capture promising practices in a resource that can be used by other countries seeking to institutionalize explicit national priority-setting for health. 

Through country outreach and peer discussions facilitated by JLN and LHSS, participating country teams will share their experiences in institutionalizing national priority-setting processes for health and will gain a greater understanding of the barriers and facilitators and the steps they can take to advance the institutionalization of such processes. This will enable them to contribute to better allocation of resources to national priorities in their countries and to promote faster progress towards national goals. A new practical global resource or tool will enable other countries to adapt the promising practices to their own needs and context. The two participating countries that receive additional technical assistance will have greater capacity to implement their own strategies to institutionalize explicit national health priority setting processes. The global resource will provide USAID and other development partners with a better understanding of effective strategies and technical support for institutionalizing explicit priority setting, which they can use to inform and coordinate future investments.

Collaborating Countries 

To be announced