By Ndidichukwu odoh

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Developing 8 Health and Social Protection Secretariat have commenced plan to support Nigeria, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, Iran, and Bangladesh to accelerate progress in line with the goal of the Global Action Plan for healthy lives and well-being for all.

The Global Action Plan brings together 12 multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies to better support countries to accelerate progress towards the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“The Developing 8 Health and Social Protection Secretariat recognizes the WHO as a lead agency of the health sector, we are in partnership to advance all the health related SDGs and to collectively support the vision of the Global Action Plan”, said Dr. Ado Muhammad, Head and Special Adviser of the D-8 HSP in Abuja.

Ado said the collaboration with WHO is targeted at strengthening existing collaboration, to accelerate D-8 member country progress on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals.

He also stated that already, the D-8 HSP is supporting member countries on Human Capital Development and strategies towards improved Universal Health Coverage of the member countries.

“we want to support the countries to deliver on the health-related SDGs and other international commitments on health” Ado added.

The Global action plan members comprises of, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (the GFF); The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (The Global Fund); the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS); United Nations Development Fund (UNDP); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); Unitaid; United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women); the World Bank Group; World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO).