12 January 2017

CSO health policy engagement projects for 2016.

Health Policy Action Fund projects completed

Projects from the latest round of grants to CSOs from the Health Policy Action Fund have now been completed, and nine CSOs in nine countries have worked to engage with health policy processes as a result.

Read the final report here. 

The Health Policy Action Fund began in 2009 as a way to support civil society organisations in IHP+ signatory countries to participate effectively in health policy processes at country level. This helps improve development cooperation effectiveness through stronger accountability mechanisms and better coordination. 

To date, there have been three rounds of funding from IHP+. Round one was from 2010-2012 and supported 13 CSOs in nine countries. Round two was from 2013-15 and supported 10 CSOs in eight countries.

The HPAF has been reviewed positively and experience from previous grantee projects shows that effective engagement with policy and government processes reaps rewards for accountability and transparency. 

For example, in Gambia, four organisations came together in a coalition and used a Participatory Rural Appraisal tool to consult communities and find out what they understand to be health provisions and any gaps in implementation. When communities are able to identify and evaluate health service delivery realities against what has been promised, accountability is more likely to occur. The findings formed part of an advocacy campaign with recommendations to policy makers about community health priorities. 

In Uganda, the Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS-Uganda) advocates for increased access to affordable medicine. HEPS conducted policy analysis and mapped organizations working on access to medicines, and went about building a coalition to strengthen their efforts. Collectively, they lobbied the Ministry of Health to review national guidelines on medicines and as a result the Ministry agreed to work with civil society and developed a joint work plan for reviewing the guidelines. HEPS said that it was important to get buy-in from the Ministry from the start of the project, involving them in identifying the problem and finding solutions together. 

Read more about the Health Policy Action Fund.

2016 Grantees

  • Benin – Reseau des ONG Beninoises des Sante (ROBS)
  • Burkina Faso – Secretariart Permanent des Organiations Non Gouvernementales (SPONG)
  • Cambodia – MEDiCAM
  • Gambia – The Association of Non-Governmental organizations (TANGO)
  • Uganda – Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS)
  • Nigeria – Health Reform Foundation of Nigeria
  • Mozambique – NAIMA+
  • Cameroun – FIS – For Impacts in Social Health
  • Cape Verde Islands – Plataforma das ONG de Cabo Verde (PLATONGS)

Photo: HEPS Uganda - Members of CSOs, Ministry of Health, and Local government reviewing HUMCS guidelines during a national workshop in Kampala.

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