Outcome Two: Essential Social Services

Bhutan One Programme 2014-2018 (pdf, 3MB) is the strategic document for all UN agencies in Bhutan. It comprises four outcomes and 23 measurable outputs with an estimated five-year budget of USD 86.6 million.

Essential Social Services is the Outcome Two in this document, with the following aim:

By 2018, increased and equitable access, utilization and quality of inclusive essential social services for all with a focus on sustaining the MDGs and addressing emerging challenges

The core strategies to achieve this outcome include:

  • Better health and education services
  • Improved information and knowledge management systems for health and education
  • Strengthened capacity to coordinate, plan, implement and monitor provision of quality and inclusive education services
  • Enhanced health facilities to provide quality maternal, newborn and child health care, nutrition, reproductive health and sexually transmitted infections/HIV services
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and better management of school feeding
  • Better access to and utilization of youth friendly services
  • Behavioural change advocacy and awareness programmes

The Outcome Groups, consisting of government and civil society representatives, monitor and implement the activities of each outcome. For the Outcome Two, the UN co-chair is UNICEF, and the government co-chair is the Ministry of Health.

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