Animal and Pandemic Influenza Coordination Resources Guide
A resource guide for United Nations Country Teams
As more countries are affected by avian and pandemic influenza, the establishment of effective structures and mechanisms to respond to these threats must remain a priority for United Nations Country Teams. With these priorities in mind and with concern for other potential health or multisectoral threats, much can be learned from experience and lessons from the country level.
This online resource guide aims to help UN Country Teams around the globe provide effective coordination to support integrated national avian and pandemic influenza strategies and responses. It also aims to raise awareness of the basic principles and building blocks required to establish effective, transparent and active coordination.
The documents below provide an overview of the current and evolving coordination context, and outline the basic components of coordination that have been established a country level, showing the alignment with government coordination structures and the inter-linkages between them. The guide highlights the basic principles of good coordination, as well as provides a number of sample tools and examples of country level good practice to support this work. Country coordination structures from a number of countries are documented, as well as lessons learned from past UN work on avian and pandemic influenza.
The online resource guide demonstrates how avian and pandemic influenza coordination is a good example of a ‘quality improvement’ approach, which facilitates an evolving coordination process that is participatory and results oriented, and develops ways of gaining new insights into coordination processes and their facilitation.
The guide is primarily designed to support UN Country Teams, UN Resident Coordinators and UN Avian and Pandemic Influenza Focal Points. It may also support UN staff engaged in coordination at a technical level and act as a resource for those working at a regional and global level to provide support to those implementing coordination structures, systems and tools at the country level. It is also intended as a resource for UN teams responsible for coordination around other complex and multisectoral issues such as natural disaster relief or food crises.
The online resource guide is based on the Avian and Pandemic Influenza Coordination Resource Guidebook, which was produced by the United Nations System Influenza Coordination (UNSIC) and UN Country Teams in 2008.