UHC Communications Network

MISSION

To become the go-to and the de jure world-class Network monitoring, assessing, and promoting African-centred healthcare, including its institutions, such as the Africa CDC; and to use lessons from epidemics such as Ebola, & pandemics such as COVID19, to tell Afro-centric narratives.

OBJECTIVES

“We are accomplished professionals working in various sectors, *but united as trained communicators & media practitioners* to ensure 

📌promotion of universal health coverage; 

📌promotion of compliance by *member States of Abuja Declaration*;

📌promotion of African Medicines Agency

📌battle-readiness *to use communication to mitigate the next pandemic*…

…using best practices of community engagement and dynamics learnt from *Ebola epidemic of 2014-2016*

HOW THE NETWORK WORKS (ABC)

The UHC Comms Network does 3 things:

1. Assesses AU member States’ compliance of Abuja Declaration of 2001

2. Best practices —  how Ebola can create Afro-centric narratives (including community engagement in public health)

3. Communication — & promotion of:

🔥AU Centre for Disease Control and its activities 

🔥Abuja Declaration of 2001

🔥Universal Health Coverage

🔥African Medicines Agency

EXPECTATIONS OF COMMUNICATORS

  1. Abuja Call (15%)
  2. Africa Health Strategy (2016-2021)
  3. Activities of Africa CDC
  4. Lessons of Ebola
  5. AUDA-NEPAD Responses for COVID-19
  6. Lessons of COVID19
  7. Nexus between  Health & AFCFTA Ecosystem

Scope of countries: Burkina Faso; Botswana; Cote D’Ivoire; Ethiopia; Ghana; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Nigeria; Rwanda; South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe

Scope of countries represented by regional blocs:

ECOWAS: 5

SADC: 5

COMESA: 1

EAC/IGAD: 4

  1. Research on Communicator’s country’s commitment to Abuja Call (eg research by a Communicator from Ghana on Ghana’s commitment to Abuja Call)
  2. comparative research of any country within scope of Network (Ghana-Kenya; Zambia-Rwanda; Malawi-Tanzania; etc)
  3. serve as a repository of knowledge on best practices of Ebola 
  4. promote activities of Africa CDC, and NEPAD-AUDA as it pertains to COVID-19 and Africa’s healthy future
  5. promote Africa Health Strategy as an Africa-centred response on health
  6. comparative research of Africa’s response to Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
  7. Use “AFCFTA Momentum” to call for Regional Health Institutions (RHIs) within regional economic communities (RECs) where there is none