COPASAH has forayed into working across themes with three thematic units in 2017. The three hubs include Reproductive/Maternal Health and Accountability, Indigenous People’s Rights and Accountability and Accountability of Private Medical Sector Through these Thematic hubs, COPASAH strives for field building for intensified focus on issues that concern citizen lives, through thematic consultations with various stake holders (primarily the community leaders), capacity building of practitioners and accountability advocates.
The thematic hubs aim to create a policy and knowledge agenda, for participatory evidence building, and build alliances for influencing policy processes and actors.
Reproductive Health: The Need to Stimulate Community Action and Accountability
Maternal Health and subsequently Family Planning have emerged as a blue riband component of global health programming. In the years leading to the Millenium Development Goals, reduction of Maternal Death became a key indicator of improvements both of population level health as well as health systems. Childbirth conducted by skilled birth attendants or in hospitals as well as provision of emergency obstetric care when necessary were seen as key interventions and considered indicative of a health system which is caring, prompt and competent. Read more
Accountability of Private Medical Sector
The private sector in healthcare, and privatization of health systems are becoming important issues today in the context of most LMICs (Low and Middle Income Countries). As pointed out in a recent Lancet series: ‘The private sector in health care is not going away. Indeed, it has a large and expanding part to play in the health systems of all low-income and middle-income nations’. There is also increasing concern regarding regulation of the private sector, in context of mixed systems comprising both public and private segments... Read more
Indigenous People’s Rights and Accountability
The 400 million indigenous people worldwide represent a wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as traditional knowledge and sustainable practices that are invaluable resources for human development . However, indigenous people remain on the margins of society in high, middle and low-income countries, and they bear a disproportionate burden of poverty, disease, and mortality compared to the general population. These inequalities have persisted, and in some countries have even worsened, despite the overall improvements in health indicators in relation to the 15-year push to meet the Millennium Development Goal ... Read more