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NHSSP: Nepal Health Sector Support Programme - 3
Strengthening Health Systems-Improving Services

NHSSP: Nepal Health Sector Support ProgrammeThe Nepal Health Sector Support Programme 3 (NHSSP 3) is funded with UKaid from the UK government, and is being implemented from April 2017 to December 2023. It is designed to support the goals of the National Health Sector Strategy (NHSS) and is focused on enhancing the capacity of the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) to build a resilient health system to provide quality health services leaving no one behind. Responding to the need of Federalism, the programme has extended its support to sub national government to strengthen the health system at local level.

NHSSP3 has been delivered in three phases. The first phase between March 2017 and March 2020 focussed on supporting the federal MoHP (FMoHP) with the post-earthquake context and transition to federalism. The next phase from April 2020, - the ‘reshape’ – has focussed on supporting health sector devolution at all three spheres of government. Since mid-2020, NHSSP3 has provided TA to three provincial governments and 38 local level governments (LLGs) to enable them to better plan, budget, manage and deliver equitable health care. A significant part of the reshape period was dominated by COVID-19 requiring the programme to rapidly pivot. NHSSP3 was responsive to emerging priorities and provided timely TA in critical areas thereby improving MoHP readiness to respond to the pandemic. In between April 2017 to December 2022 the programme was managed by three core partners Options Consultancy Services, HERD International, and Oxford Policy Management. FCDO provided a no -cost extension (NCE) of the programme from January – December 2023 to provide support for completion of retrofitting of the two public hospitals, and to enable essential components of health reform in the context of federalism. The NCE is implemented by Options as the sole contractor. The programme has five thematic areas that will deliver the projected results and deliverables, working closely with all spheres of government, aligned with the mandates of each sphere and with an increasing level of sub national TA:

The programme consists of five work streams:
  • Leadership and Governance (L&G)
  • Coverage and Quality (C&Q)
  • Data for Decision Making (D4D)
  • Health Infrastructure (HI)
  • Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI)