Since October 2012, the Health Pooled Fund (HPF) has been transforming the lives of millions of people in South Sudan by providing access to good quality basic health services in partnership with the Government of the Republic of South Sudan’s Ministry of Health (MoH). HPF aims to lay the foundations for the MoH provide quality healthcare for its own people in a future free from dependency on foreign aid.
While some progress has been made, South Sudan’s maternal mortality ratio remains among the world’s highest at 789 deaths per 100,000 live births. The programme has a strong focus on transforming maternal and child health by expanding access and improving the quality of healthcare services.
Through its Implementing Partners (IPs), HPF has built the capacity of health workers and community members to correctly identify and respond to women and children in need of healthcare. HPF has saved the lives of countless women and children by delivering better health services.
The objectives of the fund are:
HPF Phase I: 2012-2016
The first phase of HPF ran from October 2012 until March 2016. It was a £120 million partnership with the MoH which built on previous health system strengthening programmes, such as the Sudan Health Transformation Project, the Multi Donor Trust Fund and the Basic Services Fund. It was supported by the United Kingdom (UK) government Department for International Development (DFID), the governments of Australia and Canada, the European Union and the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency.
HPF operated for three years in all 39 counties of six of the 10 former states – Eastern Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Lakes – and worked closely with two other fund managers for health in the other four states of the country.
HPF Phase II (HPF2): 2016-2018
HPF2 started on 1 April 2016 and is slated to run for two-years until 31 March 2018. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) replaced the Australian government joining the other four donors from the first phase of the programme. With the addition of USAID as a donor, HPF incorporated the 16 counties of the former Central and Western Equatoria states into the programme.
HPF2 operates in eight of the 10 former states and is funding 21 implementing partners to support primary health care services in 1,063 health facilities, including 14 hospitals, across 55 counties.