Health Policy Plus (HP+) is a five-year, cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). HP+ strengthens and advances health policy priorities at global, national, and subnational levels. The project aims to improve the enabling environment for equitable and sustainable health services, supplies, and delivery systems through policy design, implementation, and financing. Taken together, evidence-based, inclusive policies, more sustainable health financing, improved governance, and stronger global leadership and advocacy will lead to improved health outcomes worldwide.

HP+ is a partnership between Palladium, Avenir Health, Futures Group Global Outreach, Plan InternationaL USA, Population Reference Bureau, RTI International, the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and ThinkWell.

Specific focus areas include:

Policy: HP+ promotes health policies that are led by countries but inclusive of all voices. These policies are based on evidence of priority needs and best practices, and will be supported through adequate financing.

Financing: To support its efforts in other areas, the HP+ project works to maximize available resources for priority health services and commodities. This effort is inclusive of greater domestic resource mobilization, efficiency gains, and increased engagement with the private sector.

Stewardship and Accountability:  HP+ helps operationalize stewardship, transparency, and accountability among governments and partners, with an emphasis on greater participation and inclusion of all populations.

Advocacy: HP+ recognizes that effective and sustainable health policies are best advanced by well-informed leaders, advocates, and decisionmakers.HP+ promotes health policies that are led by countries but inclusive of all voices. These policies are based on evidence of priority needs and best practices, and will be supported through adequate financing. HP+ promotes health policies that are led by countries but inclusive of all voices. These policies are based on evidence of priority needs and best practices, and will be supported through adequate financing.HP+ promotes health policies that are led by countries but inclusive of all voices. These policies are based on evidence of priority needs and best practices, and will be supported through adequate financing.HP+ promotes health policies that are led by countries but inclusive of all voices. These policies are based on evidence of priority needs and best practices, and will be supported through adequate financing.

Examples of PRB’s activities under HP+ are as follows:

  • In Pakistan, PRB held a workshop for journalists in Sindh province to inform them about the link between family planning and development, and help them develop story ideas to spread awareness and hold the government accountable. A subset of the journalists will be selected to participate in a five-month fellowship during which they will receive mentoring and a stipend to cover travel and reporting expenses.
  • In Malawi, PRB is working with Developing Radio Partners to train youth journalists on the country’s National Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Policy, and link them with community radio stations to develop programs that highlight the importance of SRHR for local audiences. Additional activities include developing communications materials for district-level policy stakeholders so they can help implement the SRHR policy.
  • In Uganda, PRB is conducting a gender-based violence (GBV) policy review, identifying and summarizing GBV-related policies and examining how those policies are being implemented and monitored, and how they relate to family planning outcomes.

For more information see the Health Policy Plus (HP+) website at: www.healthpolicyplus.com/, or contact Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs, associate vice president of International Programs at PRB: cfeldmanjacobs@prb.org


Health Policy Project Archive

The Health Policy Project (HPP) aims to strengthen developing country national and subnational policy, advocacy, and governance for strategic, equitable, and sustainable health programming. PRB is a member of a larger team led by the Futures Group. Other partners on the team include:

  • Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
  • Futures Institute
  • Partners in Population and Development Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO)
  • Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International
  • White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood (WRA)

HPP, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), addresses key health issues—family planning/reproductive health, HIV, and maternal health—and promotes health systems strengthening and program integration.

HPP builds capacity of governments, civil society, and other in-country partners to advocate for, manage, and finance their health programs. Doing so will help ensure that host countries are at the center of decisionmaking and leadership for their health programs, as envisioned in the sustainability objectives of the U.S. government's Global Health Initiative and President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The project also engages and strengthens the ability of individuals and institutions around the world to build long-term capacity in the health policy arena.

Specific activities include:

  • Building individual and institutional capacity for stewardship, policy development, implementation, and financing.
  • Strengthening individual and institutional capacity for advocacy, accountability, leadership, and ownership.
  • Increasing individual and institutional capacity for strategic data use, analysis, and evidence-based decisionmaking.
  • Facilitating multisectoral coordination to advance health elements, systems strengthening, and program integration.
  • Developing and sharing models, tools, and global best practices.

The project also addresses the key crosscutting issues of health equity, gender, stigma and discrimination, and monitoring and evaluation.

For more information: Rhonda Smith, associate vice president, International Programs, 202-939-5427, rhondas@prb.org.