CategoriesGFAN Africa

Regional Training on health financing, UHC and budget advocacy

A central component of universal health coverage is public health spending. Since the inception of the Abuja Declaration, most African countries have increased their budget allocation to health. From 2000 to 2016, economic growth in Africa averaged 4.6 percent annually, making it the second-fastest-growing region worldwide.  Despite this, funding has not yet reached the required levels to ensure universal health coverage. It is widely fluctuating, making that sector unable to plan and implement health interventions effectively, partly caused by aid dependence. Even though primary and preventive care is vital to achieving equity and sustainable progress towards UHC, governments are unwilling to allocate sufficient funding for key population programmes.

The 55 Member African States made a solid commitment to increasing health resources at home while strengthening health systems to address Africa’s health priorities while improving resource utilisation through enhanced accountability.  The coverage, financial protection, and equity are directly impacted by how public funds are allocated, spent, and used. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in 2015. There is now a growing awareness that it is more important to consider the nature of resources available and their use than focus solely on the volume of resources required to succeed.

Learnings from countries’ experiences in promoting UHC through reform of public spending indicate that success requires a combination of:

  •  Appropriate allocation of resources to health care – public resources are not allocated efficiently and do not target priority areas, notably health services for the most vulnerable;
  • Annual public health budgets are not fully disbursed because of financial management efficiencies, resulting in missed opportunities for better health outcomes;
  • It is often possible to move toward more equitable service coverage and financial protection without significant expenditures if public funds are used differently.

Under the Global Action Plan to achieve the SDGs, the Sustainable Financing for Health Accelerator (The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Global Financing Facility in particular) as well as the Global Fund Advocates Network Africa, RBM Partnership to end Malaria, WACI Health and UHC 2030 are collaborating to develop and deliver training on UHC Budget Advocacy in sub-Saharan Africa.  The multi-stakeholder collaboration aims to hold governments accountable for health funding policies, levels, and allocations, in a constructive way.

The training aims to develop training on health financing, UHC,As a result, there and budget advocacy to country-level actors from civil society, media organisations, and elected representatives and that can provide in-country support to budget advocacy activities undertaken by CSO actors and mentorship.

Countries that participated are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

CategoriesGFAN Africa

Torch Caravan

Through the passing of the torch caravans in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia, the impact of the Global Fund on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria has been explained. From mid-August onward, the Torch will cross into the East African region, where a series of events will be held to show how this partnership is changing lives.

“From the beginning, communities affected by the three diseases and civil society have been at the heart of everything the Global Fund does. Aid provided by the Global Fund extends beyond HIV, TB, and malaria in Africa. We have seen positive results in the health outcomes of our communities thanks to the integrated, person-centred health services, “says Rosemary Mburu, Executive Director of WACI Health in Kenya.

A variety of partners has helped accomplish the goals of the Global Fund throughout the years, including governments, multilateral agencies, bilateral partners, civil society groups, and people affected by diseases.

“We celebrate Global Fund’s 20 years of impact in Zimbabwe. Global Fund has helped save lives. This torch is a reminder of lives saved and also the work that remains undone. During this caravan, we will have a number of activities here in Zimbabwe. We will then hand over the torch to Malawi,” Rusike said.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Zimbabwe has been removed from the global list of tuberculosis (TB) high burden countries.

We will continue to follow the torch as it travels across Africa, where there is much celebration and appreciation for the support received from Global Fund.

CategoriesAfNHI

Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum (BHPF)

We are far behind the rest of the world when it comes to preventing new HIV infections. More than 1.7 million new cases of the virus were reported, more than three times the global target. From 2010 to today, new HIV infections have decreased by 38% in Eastern and Southern Africa. As revealed by the Seizing the Moment report, inequalities in progress have left vulnerable people behind. Sixty-two percent of new HIV infections occurred in key populations and their sexual partners, including gay men, men who have sex with men, sex workers, drug users, and prisoners.

The Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum aims to build links between science and policy, mobilise scientific knowledge and end new HIV infections in Africa according to Africa free of New HIV Infections (AfNHi). The forum will enhance the linkage between policy and research by training researchers on research ethics, facilitating collaboration between national and regional activities within the AfNHi network.

As a pre-conference to ICASA (International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa), this forum is held twice each year. As a follow-up to the events in 2013, 2015, and 2017, the BHPF in 2021 will be the fifth one to take place.

Getting scientific (research) and evidence-based decision-making policy together is the purpose of the meeting.

Specific objectives are:

  • HIV and COVID-19 Vaccine Impact in Africa
  • Biomedical HIV prevention landscape: where are we and what is in the pipeline
  • Investments for HIV prevention research (Domestic Resources Mobilization)

The expected outcomes

  • Integrating HIV prevention research with policy-making: Engage local and regional authorities in promoting evidence-based decision-making.
  • Stronger AfNHi network: A strategy for exchanging experiences and establishing solid working relationships in the future.
  • The capacity of BHPV tools to be advocated, applied, contextualised, and improved will be increased.
  • A set of recommendations for consideration is packaged into briefs and action statements addressing various stakeholder groups so that the BHPV and research are promoted in a conducive environment.

You can register on the AfNHi website.

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