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Anglophone Africa - P4H Network

The P4H Network is moving forwards in anglophone Africa

Countries in the region of anglophone Africa, which also includes lusophone Mozambique, have a strong commitment to attaining universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. The P4H Network is working to strengthen the regional dynamics through P4H country focal persons (P4H-CFPs). The P4H-CFPs discuss common policy issues and experiences, best practices, and lessons learned in social health protection (SHP) and health financing (HF) for UHC across countries in the region. In the P4H Steering Group (P4H-SG), the Africa region is currently represented by Morocco and the African Development Bank.

P4H Network collaborations at work

P4H Network collaborations in anglophone Africa are some of the oldest collaborations. The first P4H-CFP was contracted to serve in Tanzania in 2011 by Deutsche Gesellshaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The collaboration has continued unbroken and is evidenced by the wealth of materials available on the Tanzania country page of the P4H digital platform. Malawi , Namibia and Zambia have also benefited from the presence of P4H-CFPs. At this time, P4H-CFPs are working in Kenya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.

  1. In December 2022, the P4H Coordination Desk (P4H-CD) organized the first online meeting of colleagues in the anglophone Africa Region. It was attended by P4H-CFPs Shana Hoeler (Kenya), Cristina Manzanares (Mozambique), Nkechi Olalere (Sierra Leone) and Kuki Tarimo (Tanzania) as well as P4H colleagues Martina Mchenga and Christine Ortiz, who facilitated the meeting. All our P4H-CFPs in the anglophone Africa region are diligently facilitating dialogue and collaboration around the topics of SHP, HF and UHC. Contributing to the text of the Universal Health Insurance Act in Tanzania and the Zanzibar Health Services Fund Bill Facilitating a Debt2Health SWAP in Sierra Leone click here for blog.
  2. Assisting with an institutional assessment of policy options for implementing increased coverage by the National Health Insurance Fund in Kenya.
  3. Participating in collaborations with the platform of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (a member of the P4H Network) in Mozambique and facilitating quarterly high-level meetings on health financing.

Responding to needs and opportunities

The P4H Network supports the anglophone Africa region with commitments to serve countries and respond to their needs and requests through technical and administrative assistance. The P4H regional anglophone Africa group will continue to meet regularly to update and share ideas for future collaborative activities in the 2023-2024 period, including hosting its first ever Leadership for UHC (L4UHC) workshop.

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