Esther Agbon met with health budget advocates from six countries in Africa – Senegal, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania; working to strengthen their ability to carry out effective budget advocacy engagements in their countries.
Aminu Magashi Garba, Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network, shares his experiences from the Citizen-Led Accountability Workshop in Maputo, Mozambique in October 2016. The five day workshop organised by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, involved developing a new joint strategy to promote citizen-led accountability for RMNCAH at the global level, sharing lessons between civil society participants, and capacity building.
In November, health budget advocates came together in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to share and learn from their experiences of engaging in the Global Financing Facility (GFF). The GFF is a new financing mechanism to help end preventable maternal and child deaths and improve the health of women, children and adolescents.
Superman, Spiderman, Captain America are all screen heros. At MamaYe, we are raising Super Humans that will challenge the status quo and demand action and accountability for the improvement of the quality of health of pregnant women and newborns.
The recent Options event in Lilongwe identified the need to strengthen accountability at all levels to help meet the challenges facing quality health service delivery in Malawi.
It is with particular delight, that we congratulate Aminu Magashi Garba of the Africa Health Budget Network who has been appointed as co-convenor of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health steering group on driving accountability.
As a sign of appreciation and thank you to district stakeholders and activists who have contributed to the Evidence for Action MamaYe campaign since 2012, we recently awarded MamaYe champions in Bonthe and Koinadugu districts with certificates of appreciation for their services to mothers and babies.
BBC Media Action’s Tok Bot Salone production team invited the Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Director, the Chief Nursing Officer, Executive Director of Woman for Woman, and citizens to a live radio debate to discuss "Is the Government of Sierra Leone doing enough to prevent pregnant women from dying while performing their reproductive role?"
WASH-Net and WaterAid recently conducted a rights-based approach training workshop for community stakeholders in holding decision makers to account on the provision of water and sanitation services.