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 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 programme (2016-2020), the HSA Partners contribute to stronger health systems that enable people in Sub-Saharan Africa to equitably access high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. The partnership builds on the unique capacities and strengths of the participating organisations.

Together, HSA Partners:

  1. 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.
  2. Strengthen links between organisations and networks advocating at the local, national, regional (European Union and African Region) and international levels, so decision-making on these issues can be addressed and implementation can be monitored in a coordinated manner.
  3. Advocate in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, the Netherlands, the European Union, the African Region and internationally for strong health systems that promote SRHR.

Health Action International’s Role in the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership 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 are studying 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.

For more information about the HSA Partnership and HAI’s role in it, please contact Gaby Ooms (Research Manager).