Workshop for Health Cluster Coordinators in Bangkok, 23-26 April 2024

Enhancing Health Cluster Coordination in South-East Asia: A Workshop for Capacity Building and Best Practices

The Health Cluster Coordinators play a critical role in coordinating health responses in various countries. They are responsible for planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the effectiveness of their respective clusters. However, the success of a cluster depends on the understanding of the cluster mechanism, processes, and capacity among coordinators, co-coordinators, partners, and governments involved.

In the South-East Asia Region of WHO, there are ongoing grade 2 emergencies in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste have also adopted the cluster approach to better coordinate their health responses. To enhance capacity in this area, a workshop was organized for national participants, partners, and WHO Country Offices involved in Health Cluster Coordination. The workshop took place in Bangkok from April 23rd to April 26th, 2024, with twenty-six participants from the mentioned countries.

The workshop began with a self-assessment exercise followed by an overview of the Health Cluster approach and humanitarian response planning. An introduction to SIMEX and Calian platform was also provided. A presentation on PRSEAH was conducted to raise awareness among participants on the issue and WHO’s zero-tolerance policy. The SIMEX sessions focused on disaster readiness planning, establishing national health cluster needs assessments and analysis, creating Health Clusters at subnational levels, adjusting needs assessments and strategic planning accordingly.

Additionally, topics such as resource mobilization were covered during SIMEX sessions along with planning for outbreak responses implementing monitoring responses leading up to a mock full-scale Health Cluster meeting at its end. Participants engaged in post-SIMEX self-assessments received certifications from WHO Country Offices provided feedback on their overall experience after completing this workshop.


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