HHA Partners discuss an Action Plan for affordable healthcare and implementation of Tunis Declaration

Participants at the HHA Nairobi meeting, October 2012
The key outcome of the meeting is the Action Plan for the implementation of the Tunis Declaration on Value for Money, Sustainability and Accountability in the Health Sector

Partners of the Harmonization for Health in Africa (HHA) initiative convened in Nairobi last week, for a Regional Directors meeting, as a follow-up to the recent Tunis ministerial conference for African health and finance ministers. The Global Health Workforce Alliance (the Alliance) and the Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Child Health (PMNCH), associate members of the HHA, were represented by Alliance Executive Director Dr Mubashar Sheikh.

The meeting offered a platform for HHA partners to develop guidance to assist partners at the country level to address key barriers and bottlenecks in access to health services. A key outcome of the meeting was an Action Plan for the implementation of Tunis Declaration and a joint Letter from the HHA Regional Directors to partner agencies providing concrete recommendations and actions for operationalizing the HHA mechanism at the country level.

The Alliance will contribute to the implementation of the HHA Action Plan in general, with particular focus on intensifying dialogue and collaboration between ministries (health and finance) and with technical and financial partners. It will also work with other partners to improve efficiency in health systems, including access to a skilled health workforce, by providing support to observatories and carrying out /disseminate case studies.

Regional Directors of the HHA also agreed to be co-hosts of third Global Forum that is being convened by the Alliance in Recife, Brazil, from 10-13 November 2013.