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18th April, 2020

AHBN Strategic Advocacy and Engagement during COVID19 Pandemic in Nigeria and Africa Regional Level


Topic
Health Budget Advocacy


The Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) enables advocates and civil society organizations to meaningfully influence public spending on health to improve the lives of Africans. We also advance and embed improvements in health budget allocation, spending, transparency, participation and accountability to increase overall health and wellbeing of Africans.
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Written by Aminu Magashi Garba

Coordinator AHBN

The Africa Health Budget Network (AHBN) enables advocates and civil society organizations to meaningfully influence public spending on health to improve the lives of Africans. We also advance and embed improvements in health budget allocation, spending, transparency, participation and accountability to increase overall health and wellbeing of Africans.

With respect to COVID19 Pandemic, AHBN has four pronged objectives;

  1. Working collaboratively with global civil societies’ platforms on solidarity messages and advocating to global partners including World Bank and Global Financing Facility for an accelerated response to the COVID19.
  2. In Nigeria, working collaboratively with local civil societies’ organizations and raising flexible local funds to procure soaps for distribution free at Primary Health Care Centers targeting women attending Antenatal care.
  3. Sustaining advocacy to ensure RMNCAH+N Services including Family Planning are sustained and prioritized during the COVID19 pandemic.
  4. Bridging the gap between WASH in Health Care Facilities and the Health Sector in three targeted West African Countries via sustained advocacy for integration and domestic resource mobilization.

 

UNDER OBJECTIVE 1

  • AHBN has consistently being using Twitter to participate in global events such as marking the World Water Day on the 22nd and 23rd March 2020 and shared several online banners calling on African leaders to step up support to address WASH in Health Care Facilities in this period of COVID19.

 

  • AHBN is working within a global civil society platform ‘Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH)’ and issuing global solidarity messages and holding webinars bringing Practitioners to share country experiences in engaging to curb COVID19 including WASH.

 

  • AHBN is working within a global civil society platform “Global Civil Society Coordinating Group for the GFF” and participated in many organized webinars and online discussion sharing countries’ updates and responses.

 

UNDER OBJECTIVE 2

AHBN is collaborating with Nigeria’s local civil society organizations ‘Community Health and Research Initiative’ and mobilizing flexible local funding and procuring soaps. The intervention is reaching out to about 100,000 vulnerable people at the sub-national levels in Kano, Abuja, Niger and Kaduna States. Primary Health Care Centers are visited during Antenatal care days to raise awareness about handwashing with clean water and soap and distribute free soaps to women.

 

UNDER OBJECTIVE 3

  • AHBN is part of the development partners that joined the Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health under the Department of Family Health focusing on sustaining RMNCAH+N Services including Family Planning during the COVID19 pandemic. Meetings are being held virtually to discuss, plan and review actions.

 

  • AHBN is convening series of twitter chats with Health Journalists and Civil Society Leaders in Nigeria and Africa on Tracking and Advocating for Family Planning, Reproductive Health and WASH in HCF including global commitments during the COVID19 Pandemic.

 

UNDER OBJECTIVE 4

AHBN with a small grant of USD10,000 from the Global Water 2020 is intervening in Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone to bridge the gap between WASH in Health Care Facilities and the Health Sector via sustained advocacy for integration and domestic resource mobilization.

The Specific objectives of the intervention are;

  • Using existing and compelling evidence, development of advocacy fliers, briefs and online banners to support targeted advocacy by local civil society organizations.

 

  • Enhance the capacity of local civil society organizations to become better advocates and champions for WASH in HCF through convening meetings and trainings, of which during COVID19 pandemic will be done virtually.

 

  • Mobilize and sensitize key government officials including members of the parliaments, Ministries of Finance, Health and that Water Resources and International Development Partners on the need to ensure adequate budget, planning and services for WASH in HCF. This is being achieved via webinars, twitter chats and press releases.

 

For more information and updates email us at info@africahbn.org

 

 

 

 

Bridging the gap between WASH in Health Care Facilities and the Health Sector in three targeted West African Countries via sustained advocacy for integration and domestic resource mobilization.