Health 4+ Partnership

The H4+ is a partnership of UN agencies concerned with maternal and child health – including the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and UN Women – and the World Bank. The H4+ advocates for a stronger focus on maternal, newborn and child health and works with countries to strengthen health systems and provide better services for mothers and children.

Health 4+ Partnership

In order to better meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly MDGs #4 (reduce the under-5 mortality rate) and #5 (reduce maternal mortality), the UN Secretary General encouraged UN agencies to embark on Joint Programs. The aim of this coalition was to aid in decreasing maternal and newborn mortality in 60 of the world’s most disadvantaged countries. The organizations involved in the Health 4+ partnership include: UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, UNWomen and UNAIDS. Health 4+ believes the most effective way to help realize the MDGs is to build upon existing programs within target countries, by improving coordination, and leveraging the collective strengths of each member agency.

Johnson & Johnson’s partnership with Health4+ focuses on Ethiopia and Tanzania, including Zanzibar. In Tanzania, 1 in 23 women run a lifetime risk of dying from pregnancy and childbirth and Ethiopia has the 5th highest maternal mortality rate in the world with a 1 in 27 lifetime risk. Even though Ethiopia and Tanzania have each made significant strides recently in reducing infant mortality, the mortality rate is still especially high. This program aims to help reducing maternal and infant mortality in the two countries by building the capacity of birth attendants to manage emergency obstetric and neonatal care. The partnership is training Integrated Emergency Obstetric Surgeons, nurses and midwives. Johnson & Johnson was the first private sector organization to support this effort.

By the end of the four-year project, this program expects to increase the number of facility-based infant deliveries, decrease maternal mortality, decrease infant mortality, and provide a sustainable infrastructure for improved MNH services. At the project’s conclusion we aim to have directly impacted 1.3 million lives, while a further 3 million lives will have been indirectly impacted across the two countries.


  • Johnson & Johnson

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    At Johnson & Johnson we are committed to:

    • Building healthy communities through innovative and impactful healthcare solutions and...
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's...

  • World Bank Group

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Their mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...


    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

    UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and...

  • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled....

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2015
  • Sectors