Africa Health Budget Network
More Money | Better Spent | More Lives Saved



Welcome to the Africa Health Budget Network

The Africa Health Budget Network is a group of African and global organisations and individuals already using or wishing to use budget advocacy as a tool to improve health service delivery in Africa. 

AHBN’s goal is to enable African CSOs to meaningfully influence policy and public spending on health to improve the lives of women and children.

The #ValueOurHealth campaign

We have launched our campaign: Value Our Health, African Voices for Better Spending on Women and Children. Launched in Kampala, Uganda with valued partners, the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group, about 500 people signed up to the campaign and added their voice to the demand for more money for health workers in government hospitals in the forthcoming budget. 

The campaign was launched globally at the International Monetary Fund Spring Meeting in Washington D.C., USA on 13 April 2016. Sign up for campaign news, materials and inspiration from other countries, by sending an email to

About health budgets in Africa

Accessing acceptable, high quality health care is a fundamental right of every human being. Although sub-Saharan African countries have succeeded in decreasing maternal mortality ratios by 49% between 1990 and 2013, 179,000 women still die from pregnancy and childbirth every year, largely due to lack of access to quality care.

Adequate investment in health systems, including health workers, drugs and infrastructure, could stop these preventable deaths and bring economic and social benefits worth nine times as much.

Despite this evidence, fewer than a third of African Union governments currently spend at least $86 per person on health, the minimum needed to cover basic health services. Accelerating coverage of RMNCH interventions at a rate to match that of best the performing countries in Africa would imply spending only $9.05 more per person per year, on average.

Africa Health Budget Network and Government Spending Watch | Health Spending Scorecard (2015)

While many service delivery and health financing commitments have been made in the context of the Global Strategy for Women and Children’s Health and other, regional initiatives, few of these commitments have been met.

Ensuring that commitments made by African governments are delivered and implemented requires a concerted focus on accountability. Budget advocacy is a useful tool to strengthen accountability as it enables participants outside (or even within) government to measure the amount of resources allocated to and spent on particular commitments.

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The Africa Health Budget Network was initiated by Evidence for Action - MamaYe