Victor Lansana Koroma is Executive Director at Health Alert, a civil society organisation in Sierra Leone that advocates to improve the health of women and children.
The GFF Learning Meeting as well as the Spring Meetings in DC have provided a number of opportunities for civil society to share experiences, constraints and opportunities for meaningful engagement in the GFF processes in their countries. Read more about it in this blog.
GFF regional meetings in Nairobi: “We have to move as a team to take forward civil society’s message”
Civil society plays an essential role in ensuring global discussions are informed by local realities, and the needs of the women, children, and adolescents that the GFF aims to support. Picture: Attendees at GFF regional reception in Nairobi, 6 April 2017
The AHBN training was intense and provided unique opportunities for sharing experiences from the six participating African nations. It helped build capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in health budget advocacy.
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.
Earlier this month, Sarah Fox, E4A Health Financing Specialist, spent two days at the PHC Expenditure and Budget Advocacy Consultation convened by PAI in South Africa. Here Sarah summarises the key lessons she took from the consultation about health budget advocacy approaches and what works for success.
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.