24 November 2014

CSOs who received grants from the Health Policy Action Fund share their experiences.

HPAF Stories of Change

IHP+ established the Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF) small grants programme to strengthen civil society engagement in national health policy, monitoring and accountability. Oxfam managed the fund and HPAF supported 23 grants to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in developing countries, in two rounds of funding in 2010 and 2012.  

In these short, ‘Stories of Change’ four CSOs share their experiences and lessons learned from their work through the HPAF grant. Some key lessons are that CSOs at national level are more effective when they coordinate, form coalitions and speak with one voice. Persistence in advocacy is key, and engaging the media increases awareness among citizens and exerts pressure on the government to be more accountable. As AGHA says, “Health policy advocacy is not for cowards, it takes boldness to achieve results. Media is key in health policy advocacy to amplifying the campaigns and create community-driven demands on policy makers.”

HPAF Stories of Change

Action Group for Health, Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) received two HPAF grants in 2010 and 2012. The grants supported civil society’s ability to engage in policy development processes. It helped bring CSOs together to speak with one voice to the Ministry of Health on the implementation of national health policies.

Coalition for Health Promotion and Social Development (HEPS Uganda) received one HPAF grant in 2012 to supported their work to safeguard public health through full use of Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) flexibilities in Uganda. 

Health Rights Advocacy Forum (HERAF) in Kenya received one HPAF grant in 2012 to empower CSOs and citizens to understand proposed health legislations and engage with the Government and development partners on healthy policy issues. 

Rahnuma- Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP) received one HPAF grant in 2012 to support advocacy for Provincial Health Policies in Punjab & Sindh Provinces to include adolescent and youth reproductive health concerns.

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