H6 Partnership

The H6 partnership (formerly H4+) pulls together the collective strengths and distinct capacities of six UN agencies, related organizations and programmes to improve the health and save the lives of women and children.
UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, UN Women and the World Bank have been working in partnership since 2008 to help countries strengthen their health systems and improve health services for women, children and newborns in places where they were dying at an alarming rate from preventable causes.  In 2016, H6 intensified its efforts in response to the UN Secretary-General’s call to action to accelerate progress towards the health Sustainable Development Goals.
The Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health mapped out the investments, financing, policies and services needed to spur progress. Every Woman Every Child is an unprecedented global movement aimed to put the Global Strategy into action.

Technical leadership

H6 serves as the technical arm of the Global Strategy, contributing leadership in the areas of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). Working together, the agencies of H6 are able to build on long-term and trusted relationships with each other and with governments committed to the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

H6 and the governments ensure that the wide array of national, bi-lateral and multi-lateral initiatives underway avoid duplication, share knowledge, scale-up evidence-based interventions and realize cost-saving opportunities.

Much of this work occurs at country level, where H6 agencies help advance the goals of Every Woman Every Child by:

  • Mobilizing political support
  • Building technical capacity at the regional and country levels to improve reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health 
  • Focusing on the most vulnerable women and children
  • Ensuring universal access to an integrated, essential package of health services
  • Addressing root causes of morbidity and mortality, such as gender inequality
  • Engaging other sectors such as education, nutrition, water and sanitation, culture and human rights
  • Strengthening collaboration with partners
  • Sustaining momentum for reproductive, women, adolescent and child health beyond 2015

On behalf of the H6, UNFPA and WHO, along with the International Confederation of Midwives and other partners, produced the 2014 edition of the  State of the World's Midwifery report. It presents new evidence on how investment in midwifery has the potential to drmatically reduce high global maternal and newborn mortality as well as stillbirths.  

Partners and grant countries

To date, H6 has collaborated with 36 countries, with funding by donors to support H6 activities globally and in 20 of the 36 countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Check out the H6 site for regular updates about H6.

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