HEALTH SYSTEMS ADVOCACY PARTNERSHIP
Wemos advocates strengthening health systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – accessible and affordable health services for everyone – following the internationally adopted agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From 2016 to 2020, we participate in the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership (HSA Partnership), a consortium of Wemos and AMREF Health Africa, African Centre of Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Health Action International (HAI), and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs . Together we work in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Malawi 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 is 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 works on two main themes within the HSAP, namely finance for health, and human resources for health (HRH). Eventually, we want 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.
Health Systems Advocacy Partnership infographic (click to enlarge)
Within the partnership, Wemos applies different strategies for strengthening the linkages between national, regional and international advocacy in collaboration with African and international NGOs and CSOs. We analyze relevant international policies which impact on UHC and health systems, and assess the impact and implications of these policies in the five countries. Moreover, we translate these country case studies into effective evidence-based advocacy aimed at the Dutch government and relevant European and global institutions.
Results of the partnership
- 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