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Health Nutrition Page The Health and Nutrition sector serves as a mechanism for coordinated assessments, joint analyses, the development of agreed overall priorities and objectives. It also serves as a health crisis response strategy. It also monitors and evaluates the implementation and impact of that strategy. The Health and Nutrition sector enables participating organizations to work together as well as with local health authorities in order to harmonize efforts, effectively integrate cross-cutting issues, and use available resources efficiently within the framework of agreed objectives, priorities and strategies. Participating organizations are expected to be proactive partners in assessing needs, developing strategies and plans for the overall health sector response, implementing agreed priority activities, ensuring attention to priority cross cutting issues and adhering to agreed standards, to the maximum extent possible.

The cluster lead agency (CLA) is responsible to the Humanitarian Coordinator for ensuring the satisfactory functioning of the cluster and must be proactive in ensuring this. The CLA assigns a health cluster coordinator (HCC) and is responsible to provide the administrative and other support services required for the coordinator and the cluster to function effectively. In general, the HCC should be a full-time position without any responsibility for the lead agency s own programmes or activities. The HCC facilitates and leads the work of the cluster, and ensures coordination with other clusters in relation to activities relevant to public health as well as the cross-cutting issues. The organization of the cluster, and relationships with national authorities, depend on the context. The HCC takes into account all health related issues to avoid the establishment of standalone groups in sub-areas of health cluster work such as reproductive health or mental health. More...
  

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Dr Jorge MARTINEZ
EHA Chief Operation
World Health Organization
Islamabad Pakistan
Email: Martinezj@pak.emro.who.int

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