Joint Health and Nutrition Programme

The Somali Joint Health and Nutrition Programme



The Somali Joint Health and Nutrition Programme (JHNP 2012-16) is a comprehensive multi-donor, multi-partner five year development programme aimed towards helping Somalia meet its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) commitments on Maternal and Child health. In particular, the JHNP aims at reducing maternal and infant mortality, while strengthening the systems that support improved quality and access to health care.

The fragility of Somalia over the past two decades has resulted in collapse of the health sector and a subsequent focus on emergency response interventions to recurrent crises. The Somali people have some of the worst health and nutrition indicators in the world and the country is completely ‘off-track’ to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015

The JHNP aims to support sustained and improved reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health (RMNCH) and nutrition outcomes for Somali women, girls, children and their communities – resulting in measurable impact in reduced maternal and child mortality.  It also aims to improve the capacity and leadership of the Somali Health Authorities in managing and coordinating the health sector’s development.

The programme supports critical elements of the New Deal initiative ‘the Somali Compact’, the Somali ‘Six pillar’ policy for peace building & state-building and more specifically implementation of the in-country developed Health and Nutrition Policies, Health Sector Strategic Plans (HSSPs), aligned strategies and relevant United Nations cooperation strategies. The programme’s implementation considers the specific context of Somaliland, Puntland and Central South and on-going health sector reform initiatives including the Essential Package of Health Services (herein EPHS) framework, Global Fund for AIDS TB and Malaria (herein GFATM) and GAVI Health System Support, Health Consortium Somalia (HCS), humanitarian work and the Joint Programme on Local Governance (JPLG), etc.

The JHNP is funded by UKAID, The Government of Sweden, USAID, Finland, Switzerland (SDC), and AusAID.  The programme welcomes new partners and alliances (click here to contact us)