Tanahashi Round highlights supply and demand bottlenecks

The first meeting of the Tanahashi Rounds, a joint initiative by the James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University and UNICEF, was held on November 11, 2012 at JPGSPH, BRAC University. The objective of the Tanahashi Rounds was to share new knowledge on cross-sector application of the Tanahashi model in the context of Bangladesh.

At the first Tanahashi Round, UNICEF presented five thematic examples (health, nutrition, WASH, education and child protection) of the application of the Tanahashi model in selected unions in Bangladesh. Tanahashi model was introduced by AusAid.
The participants highlighted that assessing supply and demand bottlenecks that constrain effective and equitable coverage of essential services and practices is of critical importance to claim holders and duty bearers alike. Actions needed to correct identified bottlenecks, usually relate to three major pathways: i) use of information and evidence to develop enabling policies, strategies and budgets, ii) extent to which enabling policies, strategies and budgets lead to effective coverage of essential services and practices, and iii) extent to which good practices and lessons learnt are documented and used to adjust policy formulation and implementation processes.