This report addresses three of the core areas: primary healthcare, clean water and sanitation, and nutrition -- that are essential to achieving the MDGs. It highlights examples across 17 countries of how bringing different development approaches together (ie. integration) is working to help tackle poverty and disease and calls on the international community, including donor and developing country governments, to prioritize and invest in these joined-up programs. The experiences and lessons learned from the case studies described in this report show real world examples of how to make integration work and why it's so important to do so.
- Community participation is essential for the design of integrated programs that respond to lived realities, and thus increase program uptake and sustainable impact.
- High-level political leadership enables better focus on needs and resource mobilization.
- Integrated, cross-sector approaches more closely reflect and respond to the determinants of poverty and disease.
- High-quality integrated programs can prove cost-effective for donors and secure efficiencies for policy-makers.
- Funding integrated approaches at the community level demonstrates what works and generates learnings to inform national plans and scale-up strategies.