Advocacy for Better Health Resources
In health centers across Uganda, maternity beds are arriving where there used to be only dirty mattresses on the floor. Lights are on where there was previously no electricity. New staff are being assigned to clinics as demand grows for modern health care. Perhaps most importantly, relationships are improving between patients and health workers, and between communities and their leaders.
These changes are a direct result of increased citizen engagement and social accountability throughout Uganda, because when citizens know their rights and responsibilities and hold those in power accountable, change at all levels is possible.
Under its motto: “Where everyone is accountable, everyone wins,” USAID’s Advocacy for Better Health (ABH) program in Uganda has worked since 2014 to improve health policies, increase budgets, strengthen health service delivery, and ultimately hold leaders across the country accountable for health policies through sustainable, citizen-centered advocacy.
The ABH model has seen tremendous success bringing about change at both the district and national level. This model draws upon multiple change approaches and uses three strategic “pillars”—citizen mobilization and empowerment, social accountability, and policy advocacy—to effect change across different levels of the health system.
With a desire to share its stories of impact and spread the adaptable model of social accountability and citizen engagement that has seen so many successes throughout Uganda, ABH just released a new suite of materials for health advocates. The new website, portfolio, and photobook dive deeper into the ABH program and the model that has made it such a success. We encourage you to use these resources to inform your advocacy and ensure decision-makers remain accountable for health policies.