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Population, Health, and Nutrition Sector

Records of the Population, Health, and Nutrition Sector

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  • 1950 - 2003 (predominant 1969 - 2003)

The fonds consists of records that reflect the various activities of the population, health, and nutrition sector in the World Bank. Included in the fonds are records related to Working Paper, policy, project, and program research. Many of these records were created by PHN's Policy and Research Unit (then Division, PHNPR) in the 1980s. Research topics may include but are not limited to: cost benefit and cost effectiveness studies; resource allocation; demographic data; AIDS research; health care management; family planning; infant mortality; safe motherhood; nutrition delivery services; fertility; special disease control; national health projects; pharmaceuticals and drugs; country health surveys; irrigation health risks; food subsidies and pricing; and the interaction between health and water supply. Records related to the creation of Sector Strategy - Health, Nutrition & Population (1997) are also included as are records, primarily in the form of data print outs, related to the creation of World Development Reports #1 to #8. Records may include but are not limited to: final or printer's copies of reports; concept papers; sector reviews and strategy papers; annual operational reviews; Annual Technical Reports of the Human Reproductive Program (1991-1999); sector and topical policy papers; correspondence; office memoranda; manuals on Bank measurement of poverty; reports on sector work; material on conferences and seminars; project briefs; and committee papers. Reports submitted to Bank Presidents are also included.

A considerable amount of records in this fonds relates to the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR). The TDR was created in 1975 at the World Health Organization (WHO) in order to support the development of research, leadership, tools, and strategies to fight infectious diseases in developing countries. The World Bank became a cosponsor of the TDR in 1977. Records include: Scientific and Technical Research Committee (STRC) reports; Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee reports and related records; background material for Bank participation; Tropical Diseases Research Committee records; annual reports; Joint Coordinating Board correspondence and meeting records; correspondence with donors; fundraising materials; general correspondence; fund arrangement records; Onchocerciasis Fund agreement (1979); country profiles; Standing Committee records; legal agreements and board papers; and records of the External Review Committee.

The fonds contains Director's records from the beginning of the Population Projects Department in 1969 through to the early 1980s. Records include: reports; subject files; final reviews; Board and committee meeting records; panel reports; demographic briefs; external advisory panel records; donor's meeting records; country briefs; health sector papers; research proposals; and program papers. Records of liaisons with international and other organizations are also included. Organizations include but are not limited to: American Public Health Association (APHA); United Nations (UN) and the UN Population Division; Population Reference Bureau; Population Service International; World Health Organization (WHO); United States Senate/House and State Department; World Population Society; national aid agencies; Ford Foundation; Asian Development Bank; Smithsonian Institute; UNICEF; John Hopkins University; Rockefeller Foundation; Harvard University; and World Fertility Society.

Records from the PHN Front Office from between 1982 to 1987 are also included. These generally take the form of subject files. Subjects include: national, bilateral, international, and non-governmental aid agencies; annual meetings; team meetings; correspondence with the Bank President; research on specific topics; country and region files; operational policy papers; and seminars and training courses. The fonds contains quality enhancement and development effectiveness reports and background materials created to provide review services and guidelines to operational task teams managing health, nutrition, and population projects. These reports were created by panels which often, but not always included, an HDNHE representative. The majority of these documents date from 1996 to 2007 and generally consist of completed reports; in some cases, panel information and terms of reference are also included.

The fonds also consists of records related to the Special Grants Program and Development Grant Facility. Records contain accounting and disbursement records as well as substantive material on the projects themselves. The latter is most often contained in correspondence and memoranda.

Nutrition sector country files are included in this fonds. These records consist of reports and correspondence between Population, Health, and Nutrition sector employees and country offices. Files are created and organized according to country. A small amount of files organized by country and originating in the PHN department of the HRO vice presidency are also included. These include correspondence between PHN staffand other Bank staff, including the Regions, and discuss a variety of topics related to population, health, and nutrition. Conference, seminar, partnership, and training records created most commonly between 1997 and 1999 are also contained in this fonds.

The fonds also contains chronological files of the Population, Health, and Nutrition Department (PHN) of the HRO vice presidency from between February, 1992, to August, 1995. Records from August, 1995, were created or received by Human Development Department (HDD). Records generally consist of correspondence and attachments. Much of the correspondence is between PHN staff and external agencies, institutions, and governments discussing information exchange and collaboration on projects and conferences. Correspondence between PHN staff and between PHN and other Bank departments related to: research paper publication; peer review and comments on research, strategy, and policy papers; conference attendance and planning; preparation of sector reviews; grants and trust funds; and assistance to and collaboration with the Regions. Records include: back-to-office reports; aide memoires; published and unpublished reports and policy papers; and sector reviews and business plans.

Conference, seminar, partnership, and training records created most commonly between 1997 and 1999 are also contained in this fonds.

Finally, a diverse group of staff and adviser records are contained in this fonds. A group of staff policy research papers and related materials are included; these relate to the work of specific staff members and are organized by name. Notably,he records of K.C. Zachariah, Senior Demographer at the World Bank between 1971 and 1987, are present. These records consist of: subject files; chronological files; terms of reference; back-to-office reports; and copies of Zachariah's reports and articles. Also included are the records created by Dr A. Measham, Health Adviser. These take the form of subject files and date from 1985-1987.

Population, Health, and Nutrition Sector