There are two components under the seventh country programme (2012-2016) of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):

(1) services and systems to address inequities for the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, and (2) a well-developed human security and social policy framework to lessen risks from inequities, conflict, and natural disasters by 2016.

From February 2014 to June 2016, UNICEF partnered with ZFF to boost its efforts to reduce inequities for the fulfillment of the MDGs. This project was also aligned with the Health Leadership and Governance Program (HLGP), a joint initiative between ZFF and DOH. The UNICEF-ZFF venture involved six highly urbanized cities and nine municipalities from the priority areas identified by the National Anti-Poverty Commission.

Leadership and governance programs were created specifically for city and municipal health officers. The program included workshops on evidence-based planning as a method to identify healthcare constraints that prevent the scale-up of health programs even when they are found to be effective.

UNICEF was also a ZFF partner in assisting municipalities affected by super typhoon Haiyan (local name: Yolanda) in Samar and Eastern Samar. Twelve identified municipalities were enrolled in ZFF’s leadership formation program and Recovery Assistance Program for Mothers. After the program, health leaders were trained to establish and maintain sustainable healthcare for continuous delivery of services before, during, and after disasters.