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01 A decade of partnership

Since 2013, in partnership with the Government of Japan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has worked to strengthen policies, institutions, systems and capacities to increase people’s access to life-saving health technologies—vaccines, medicines and diagnostic tools for tuberculosis (TB), malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)—diseases that disproportionately affect the poor.

The strategic approach of the UNDP-led Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP) is informed by two key lessons. First, even where innovative health technologies are developed, their introduction and use within national health systems are often constrained by country-specific bottlenecks and challenges. ADP focuses on identifying and strengthening the relevant human, technical and institutional capacities to address these challenges. Second, successful introduction and delivery of new health technologies also depends on coordination and coherence of domestic institutions. For this reason, ADP supports countries to strengthen policies and systems that drive country-led changes for sustainable and multisectoral approaches. Together, strengthened capacities with a coordinated multisectoral approach will enable sustained improvements in access to health and enhance progress towards universal health coverage (UHC), pandemic preparedness and human security.

Working with national, regional and global stakeholders, the core partners of ADP—UNDP, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and PATH—have delivered results.

This report shares a collection of stories that put a spotlight on the impact that ADP is having on people’s lives. These stories underscore the importance of the partnership between UNDP and the Government of Japan. This partnership strives towards a common goal, one that is reflected in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and in Japan’s new Global Health Strategy: that of building resilience of national health systems and prioritizing universal health coverage as an important means towards achieving human security.

ADP core partner organizations

The four ADP partners each bring a unique set of expertise to the partnership, helping identify and strengthen capacity gaps in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in innovative and integrated ways.

ADP covers nine ‘focus’ countries and has reached over 60 countries through its South–South learning and exchange.