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Partnership for affordable medicines and health workers in East Africa

Partnership for affordable medicines and health workers in East Africa

On November 12 2015, Amref Health Africa, the African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST), Health Action International (HAI), Wemos and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed an agreement of participation in The Health Systems Advocacy Alliance for Africa (HSA4A).

The aim of the partnership is to strengthen the capacity of local organizations to advocate and influence the sexual and reproductive health and rights in East Africa, in specific of marginalized groups such as women and children. The participating organizations have each their own expertise. Their cooperation enables linking health discussions on local, national and international levels. This guarantees effective advocacy. 


The partnership falls within the policy framework ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ of Dutch Minister Lilianne Ploumen, whereby  25 partnerships (alliances of) social organizations work together with the Ministry to strengthen social organizations in low- and low-middle income countries. They focus on advocacy and influence in order to address governments and businesses that have the responsibility to contribute to growth and development and reducing inequality.

Maternal mortality

Maternal mortality is the number one cause of death. Despite the fact that maternal mortality is high on the international agenda, the goal to reduce maternal mortality by 75%, is still far from being reached. HSA4A advocates affordable medicines and contraception and more skilled health workers. This strengthens health systems and thus to the reduction of maternal mortality. (Source: Wemos website)

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