Health Action International has teamed up with Amref Health Africa, the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Wemos and the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation to form the Health Systems Advocacy (HSA) Partnership.

Throughout this five-year (2016–2020) programme, partners will support civil society organisations in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi in advocating for strengthened health systems to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Together, we will engage governments, the private sector and other health system stakeholders in delivering strong health systems, capable of delivering equitable, accessible and high-quality SRHR services.

Health Action International’s role in the Partnership draws upon our research and advocacy expertise. We are currently studying the availability and affordability of a number of sexual and reproductive health commodities in Kenyan, Ugandan, Zambian and Tanzanian healthcare facilities. These commodities include contraceptives, antibiotics for maternal and neonatal sepsis and pneumonia, pre-natal vitamins, pain medicines, and surgical equipment. Our research findings will form the basis of our subsequent advocacy work, which will be conducted in collaboration with our in-country partners.