Funded by the Government of Australia through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the VAHP is designed to support Government of Vanuatu led efforts to drive reform of the health system in Vanuatu for improved health outcomes and health security at national and provincial levels. This reform includes generating service delivery improvements in selected provinces, better medical workforce development, and improved corporate leadership and planning. These efforts are challenged by several factors including:
VAHP takes an adaptive approach and supports capability development within the Vanuatu Ministry of Health by applying key principles, which include Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA). The PDIA approach aims to navigate and unblock the political challenges impeding reform and to try, learn, iterate, adapt, and scale by identifying key entry points to help address priority problems in the health sector. VAHP’s workplan drives momentum to improve leadership practices in the health sector, accountability, and service delivery through three interrelated ‘pathways’: a leadership pathway; a demand and accountability pathway; and a technical pathway. This approach is delivered through four key component areas on the VAHP program:
The goal of the Vanuatu Australia Health Partnership is effective delivery of the health components of the People’s Plan and commitment to health services demanded at national, provincial and local levels by a healthy, secure and productive population. The end of program outcomes are:
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