AMANDA BANDA

Global health advocate

 

At Wemos, Amanda is global health advocate in the East and Southern African region. She focuses on the programmes Human Resources for Health and Finance for Health. Amanda is also co-chair of the Health Workers For All Coalition.

Amanda has over 10 years of experience influencing national governments in Africa, global health institutes and donors; holding them accountable and calling to prioritize investments in health.  She has also worked in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, and the global context.

 

Prior to joining Wemos, she was part of the Health Politics team of Médecins Sans Frontières as HIV Advocacy Coordinator in charge of the African region.  In this position, she coordinated and led multi-country advocacy work supporting the organization to influence the global HIV agenda, while at the same time analyzing the global HIV political and economic environments for the organization.

 

Amanda has experience in supporting civil society organizations engagement in key national and global health agendas and investment decisions and is an ally of many local, national and global civil society organizations. She has a background in International Relations and Political Science at universities in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

“What I like about Wemos is that it’s a relatively small organization that advocates health as a human right for all – not just for a privileged few in high-income countries or the privileged few elites in low-income countries. What we do is so important: holding global institutions and governments in high- and low-income countries accountable. Reminding them that health is a human right and a matter of political decisions and prioritization.”