Despite progress made in sub-Saharan Africa, the status of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) is still poor. The reasons for this are manifold—they include financial obstacles to health services, limited access to contraceptives and other sexual and reproductive health commodities (SRHC), poor availability of professionally trained health personnel, gender inequality and conflicting socio-cultural practices and beliefs.

At the end of 2015, Health Action International (HAI) 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, which ran until the end of 2020. Throughout this five-year programme, the HSA Partners contributed to stronger health systems that enable people in Sub-Saharan Africa to equitably access high-quality SRH commodities and services. Read more about the achievements of the HSA Partnership is the programme’s End-term Evaluation.

As part of our work on SRH, we contribute to capacity building by equipping civil society actors and health stewards with needed knowledge, technical skills and tools to develop and implement evidence-based advocacy strategies. Our work in this field draws upon our research and advocacy expertise. In collaboration with our in-country partners, HEPS Uganda, Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) Zambia and MeTA Kenya, we studied the price, availability and affordability of SRHC in facilities across Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania. These findings form the basis of our advocacy work with our in-country partners. All the research resulting from this work can be found here.

For more information on HAI’s research and work to improve access to SRHC in sub-Saharan Africa, please contact Gaby Ooms (Research Manager).