Child Health Task Force Activity

Countries: Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria

Client(s): Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Services: Technical Assistance, Capacity Development

Technical Expertise: Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

The Global Child Health Task Force was created in 2017 to advance the global integrated child health agenda and improve child health outcomes. The Task Force is comprised of donors, governments, and partners at global and country levels working to strengthen equitable and comprehensive child health programs focused on children aged 0 to 18 years in line with the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

The Child Health Task Force enables an expanded group of stakeholders at global and country levels to work together more effectively to support strong and comprehensive child health programs.

USAID supports the Child Health Task Force Secretariat, led by JSI, through the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP). In addition, JSI received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen and test the Task Force's approach for providing technical assistance and strengthening global child health programming. To this end, the Child Health Task Force will utilize a human-centered design (HCD) approach and work with HCD experts, MOHs, and stakeholders—such as donors, implementing partners, multilateral technical agencies—in both the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Nigeria to “re-design” the underlying paradigm of technical assistance mechanisms to reinforce local capabilities.

The Child Health Task Force will achieve its objectives through the development of a country-led model for providing technical assistance to countries to implement programs, creating a strong platform for learning and knowledge sharing to ensure that child health stakeholders have access to emerging best practices in financing and implementing child health programs that are equitable and sustainable.