The community-based initaitives programme provides technical suppport to Member States to develop partnerships with different sectors and potential partners to improve the health and well-being of local communities. Partnerships are created with other UN agencies, nongovernmental organizations, ministries and academic institutions.
Partnerships at the country level have proven successful in a range of activities, including:
- community recovery and development
- reducing poverty
- achieving the targets of the Millennium Development Goals and meeting the basic social and economic needs of vulnerable communities
- strengthening health facilities and primary health care services
- promoting healthy lifestyles, conducting healthy school initiatives and implementing no-smoking campaigns
- improving adult literacy rates, access to safe drinking-water and excreta disposal facilities, expanding immunization coverage and ensuring greater health inequity in urban settings
- addressing the social determinants of health.