Policy advocacy

  • The Policy Watch program has been able to initiate Partnerships amongst which is the ongoing work with USAID East Africa. We have played a significant role in establishment of the East African Health Platform (EAHP) where it now sits in the steering committee.
  • EANNASO established the East African CCM Forum as a platform to share experiences and information towards learning. The platform also exists as a Google group but was been able to physically meet in 2014.
  • EANNASO was selected by the Global Fund to host the Anglophone Africa Regional Platform. This entailed putting together an idea and later establishing working modality and processes.
  • EANNASO in 2013 played a pivotal role together with the African CSO platform and Global Fund Activist Network (GFAN) in advocating for the full funding of the GFATM during the 4th replenishment campaign and mobilizing CS and community for action.
  • Regional and global advocacy in support of increased support to Technical Assistance - forums GFAN, RAANGO, CSO African Platform, and CCFA EANNASO has been following up with action so that An Act of the Community 2014 on HIV Prevention and management was finally assented to by the 5 EAC countries. EANNASO is set to monitor the implementation of the ACT.
  • In partnership with EAC and UNDP EANNASO has managed to carry out a legal analysis which has resulted in the development of the Legal reform framework. This forms the basis of legal reform work EANNASO engages in beyond 2016.
  • Engagement of high level government officials and parliamentarians through special committee on Health and HIV (Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya) for lobby purposes
  • Annual Secretary General Forum – EANNASO has been able to influence the agenda during the Forum which has mainly been around the enactment of the EAC Bill, 2012 and Health Financing.
  • EAC Partnership Forum – EANNASO has advocated for increased space for CS and established a structured engagement utilizing a CS reference team. EANNASO has also been able to make linkages to other sectorial in the EAC (HIV, TB, SRHR and education Sectors)
  • Through its work with civil Society in Uganda, EANNASO contributed to the withdrawal of the Anti-gay Act 2014 in Uganda which was based on criminal law, Burundi removed the death penalty in the national penal code; Tanzania initiated discussions of removal of Section 27/47 of the national HIV Prevention and Management 2008.
  • EANNASO provided Advocacy and Technical contribution to EAC strategic plan processes and ensured that the EAC Strategy for HIV, TB and STIs 2016/2020 has integrated TB as key issue. Other successes include (a) Inclusion of TB into the regional strategy enhances integration, (b) - Inclusion of Key population into the strategy (KRA2), (c) Regional Strategy for Cross boarder Populations (d) contributed to the development of a minimum package for Health and HIV Services (e) Regional Framework on Health and HIV Services for Fishing Communities and under the EAC CSO dialogue framework which EANNASO played a significant role has resulted in the regional network being provided with membership to attend EAC Technical working meetings and task Forces (TWG on HIV, TB and STIs, Transport Corridor, KMI, HL Task Force on Sustainable Financing)
  • EANNASO has carried out training of trainers for Engagement and programming for young people on SRHR.

Technical Support and Capacity Building

  • Direct provided technical support to Kenya during the CCM CS and communities elections and consultations for the national concept note development, Uganda for the Pilot KAP project, IGAD on a regional application for cross border Key populations project which however ding get funding, SADC Ex-miners regional application for TB in the Mining sector, Sierra Leone supporting the KAP Committee in the country concept note development,
  • EANNASO also provided information on available TA and needs and listed the available TA providers in the EA region.
  • Systematic support to CS and communities in the GF processes (under the Technical Support Center (TSC) program)
  • Built the capacity of civil society and networks on NFM which resulted in the development of country action engagement plans and new skills and information on HIV, TB and Malaria.
  • Technical and financial support to CS and communities provided during national CSO consultation in Kenya, Uganda, Zanzibar and Tanzania. The consultations led to the development of priorities charter by civil societies and Key Populations and development in the new funding model.
  • EANNASO was able to link CS to technical support providers and resources which were utilized during the Country dialogue process in Uganda, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Kenya.
  • Facilitated coordination of CS and Key population constituencies on their respective national CCMs. This resulted in CCM Coordination for non-state actors in Uganda, Tanzania Mainland. EANNASO also provided technical support for orientation of non-state actors caucus groups (Uganda, Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar)
  • Training of local trainers on Sexual reproductive health for young people - 10 organizations from Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar and 40 participants from those organizations
  • Comprehensive study on legal, Policy and Strategies on HIV in Partner States
  • Lessons learned through the development of the East Africa HIV prevention and management Bill.
  • Mapping health actors in east Africa
  • Mapping of KP networks in the East Africa region
  • Reviewed and documented five key publications namely Representation guidelines; Analysis of inclusion of Civil society priorities into national GF concept notes, an info-graphic on the desk review, video tool on engagement of Civil society and Anglophone Africa Regional Communication and coordination platform brochure.
  • With the Global Fund CRG department on strengthening the engagement of communities on technical support and accountability. This has been strengthened through the hosting of the regional communication and coordination platform.
  • Engaging with Civil Society from Malaria and TB and sector aligned partners such as STOP TB Partnerships, Malaria No More and Yvonne Chaka Chaka Foundation.
  • Working with GIZ Backup in engaging CS to contribute to national programing during the country concept note development process.

Institutional effectiveness

  • Vision and strategic planning - Completion of the 2012-2015 SP and smooth launch into the 2017-2021 strategic plan process including the review and reshaping the programmatic focus into the future of EANNASO work. Thus, EANNASO organized and facilitating multiple stakeholders consultation and engagement for a an all-inclusive Strategic Plan Development process
  • Partnerships - EANNASO partnerships have made lots of growth from strategic alliances to push joint agendas and EANNASO is increasingly becoming a preferred partner for high level advocacy and lobby efforts with the public sector and global platforms
  • Governance - despite being a difficult period due to limited financing the Board meetings have been held as per constitution to provide oversight and leadership.