Social Accountability for UHC
Organised by Amref Health Africa and PATH
The commitment to UHC across the continent has never been stronger. Yet many challenges remain in achieving its basic tenets: access, quality, and financing. Momentum toward achieving UHC, and elevating the critical role of primary health care, will only be realized if the commitments made by leaders are turned into action. Amref and PATH believe social accountability is key to achieving results. Engaging citizens in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies and programming, as well as the accountability and allocation of resources and services, will lead to improved health and wellbeing. Citizens and providers are educated about their rights to health, mechanisms are employed for their voices to be heard, and tools are utilized to hold duty-bearers accountable for policy implementation and results. However, social accountability for health is still a relatively new practice across the continent, with a range of challenges to its full implementation and impact. This session will aim to highlight the place for social accountability in accelerating the achievement of UHC. The session outputs will be to document, give indications for measure, and share the tools, frameworks, and coordinating mechanisms that exist, to maximize effectiveness of accountability efforts.