From 2016 to 2020, we participated in the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership (HSA Partnership), a consortium of Wemos and Amref Flying Doctors, African Centre of Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Health Action International (HAI), and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Together we worked in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia on innovative practices that combine advocacy, research and civil society engagement to strengthen health systems from the bottom up.


The main aim of the partnership was advocating sustainable and accessible health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa so that all people and communities can use the health services they need, with a focus on essential high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. Wemos worked on two main themes within the HSAP, namely finance for health, and human resources for health (HRH).  Eventually, we wanted stakeholders (governments, international bodies, institutions and private actors) at all levels to take responsibility for effective policies, policy adherence and implementation, including sustained funding for human resources for health.


Within the partnership, Wemos applied different strategies for strengthening the linkages between national, regional and international advocacy in collaboration with African and international NGOs and CSOs. We analyzed relevant international policies which impact on UHC and health systems, and assessed the impact and implications of these policies in the five countries. Moreover, we translated these country case studies into effective evidence-based advocacy aimed at the Dutch government and relevant European and global institutions.


Watch our video – ‘Why strong health systems matter’ – on health systems strengthening and sexual and reproductive health and rights.


Results of the partnership

  • You can read more about the achievements of this partnership in the programme’s End Term Evaluation, including the annexes, and the response letter of the HSAP management, as well as in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ e-zine Dialogue & Dissent: Stories of Change (see pages 17-18 for more on the HSAP and Wemos’ work on the Global Financing Facility).
  • This beautiful digizine, a joint product of the core HSAP partner organisations, showcases the partnership’s highlights and results from its learning research. Read more
  • Journalists and the media can significantly influence the functioning and strengthening of health systems. They can shape public opinion, and put pressure on politicians and policymakers, and therefore, they can hold politicians and policymakers accountable to realize a well-functioning health system. In two podcasts, launched by our HSA partner Amref  under the Africa Media Network for Health, four journalists from Kenya and Malawi talk about the local impact of their work. Listen and read more here
  • Preeclampsia is a medical condition that affects 2-8% of women worldwide. For women in Uganda, this pregnancy-related complication can lead to preventable deaths. In their photo essay, our HSA partner Health Action International (HAI) shows what it means for women in Uganda to have preeclampsia, and what can be done to reduce the suffering it causes. For this photo essay, HAI collaborated with local health centres, ministers and journalists in Uganda. Read more
  • The Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health is a key funder of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights interventions in low- and middle-income countries, among which are the HSA Partnership countries. Wemos has been working to create space for civil society to engage in an open, constructive dialogue with the GFF. In an interactive story document, we show how this process looks like. Read more


Want to know more? Read our HSAP Factsheet