WHO collaborating centre
Wellbeing SA is working in partnership with the World Health Organization(WHO) and Department for Health and Wellbeing to deliver the work of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Advancing Health in All Policies Implementation.
Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an established approach for activating collaboration across sectors to deliver joint public policy for improved health and wellbeing outcomes. Delivery of HiAP is based on a co-benefits approach, ensuring positive outcomes not only for the health sector but other areas of government, and ultimately the community.
Wellbeing SA is working with the WHO to:
- increase capabilities for action on the determinants of health and health equity through HiAP approaches
- contribute to understanding of the critical success factors for collaborative practices to enhance systems for health
- support WHO in strengthening the alignment between the determinants of health and the Sustainable Development Goals to drive collaborative action on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Agenda
- support WHO to strengthen research to policy translation on the determinants of health to increase evidence based strategies for prevention and population health.
The WHO designated the Department for Health and Wellbeing as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Advancing Health in All Policies Implementation in 2019. The establishment recognised both a long history of successful HiAP activity, and collaboration between the WHO and Department for Health and Wellbeing. The work of the collaborating centre is undertaken by Wellbeing SA.
Achievement highlight: global status report on HiAP
A key outcome of the WHO Collaborating Centre so far has been the development and delivery of the first Global Status Report on HiAP. This report was delivered in collaboration with the Global Network for HiAP.
The report presents a picture of HiAP approaches and the diversity of HiAP, based on survey responses from 41 jurisdictions across the world. A summary report is also available.
The report provides an account of HiAP models, and identifies key challenges and lessons learned in HiAP action. It provides an analysis of HiAP in operation at different levels of government and different phases of practice maturity.
The report has been developed with the international health community and the broader sustainable development network in mind. Whilst HiAP is a mutual agenda for all sectors, it is usually the role of the health sector to help initiate and facilitate HiAP and provide a foundation to support its implementation. The documents aim to support those who want to know more about implementing HiAP.