1. Advocacy 

We are ensuring that there is a full implementation of NCD policies in East Africa coupled with sufficient strategic planning for the prevention and control of NCDs in the region. Our policy advocacy will focus on prioritizing NCDs as a sustainable development issue.

NCDs are a major driver of poverty and underdevelopment in East Africa yet. As such, they are a major sustainable development challenge that must be prioritized not only as a policy action need but also in national development planning. But besides the broad policy and sustainable development frame, there are other urgent health sector issues that will be part of our advocacy such as financing, health systems reform, essential medicines and technologies, human resources for health. Our specific advocacy actions will include:

  • Establishing formal relationships with key decision-making regional multilateral organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO-AFRO), East Africa Community (EAC), African Union (AU). The goal of this is to have formal recognition as a credible civil society organization and knowledge partner for collaboration in shaping the NCD/health policy processes.
  • Establishing formal relationships with key decision-making regional multilateral organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO-AFRO), East Africa Community (EAC), African Union (AU). The goal of this is to have formal recognition as a credible civil society organization and knowledge partner for collaboration in shaping the NCD/health policy processes.
  • Conducting peer mentoring on NCD advocacy within the EANCDA members and other regional partners. 
  • Finalizing and scaling up the outcomes of the Our Views, Our Voices approach 
  • Promoting the use of the East Africa NCD benchmark survey and Charter at national and regional levels
  • Facilitating the sharing of best practices with members Alliances in effective advocacy about budget/policy processes and other relevant entry points 
  • Supporting member Alliances to attend and influence budget hearings
  • Producing briefs on the rationale and benefits of harmonization of policies on health system strengthening of NCDs and UHC in EA region
  • Finalizing and scaling up the outcomes of the Our Views, Our Voices approach 
  • Promoting the use of the East Africa NCD benchmark survey and Charter at national and regional levels
  • Facilitating the sharing of best practices with members Alliances in effective advocacy about budget/policy processes and other relevant entry points 
  • Supporting member Alliances to attend and influence budget hearings
  • Producing briefs on the rationale and benefits of harmonization of policies on health system strengthening of NCDs and UHC in EA region

2. Capacity building 

In order to deliver the ambitious agenda of making NCDs a high development priority that transcends the health sector, EANCDA will undertake internal capacity building and resource mobilization. This will include strengthening capacity at the regional, national, and local levels with a focus on:

  • Training and mentorship in knowledge exchange and skills on advocacy for the national Alliances. Critical focus on developing capacity on Effective implementation of Tobacco and Alcohol Bill/act and skills in policy for healthy diets and physical activity
  • Partnership and cross mentoring with stakeholders, especially with the media; Influencing global media to focus on NCDs issues 
  • Training in grant writing and applications of the national and regional alliances
  • Strengthened partnerships for NCD research: Promotion of NCDs research related priorities

The success of our NCD advocacy work depends a lot on communication and sharing of knowledge and best practices. There is a huge information gap on NCDs among policymakers and communities, and indeed among advocates. This is in part due to the complexity of the subject that has been a challenge for advocates to convert the science into everyday language for people and the many actors and campaigns on health and development, all of which make the communication field very crowded. To improve our effectiveness, we are undertaking the following actions:

  • An improved and regularly updated website 
  • Develop a digital NCD Knowledge Portal for East Africa. This will be a special platform specifically for information on issues relating to NCDs in East Africa such as policy or programmatic progress or best practices on NCD prevention and control from the region,
  • Developing and operating a regular newsletter on NCDs in East Africa for enhanced knowledge exchange and management, including sharing of experiences, successes, good practices, challenges, lessons learned, and human stories pertaining to NCDs; optioning pieces in newspapers
  1.  A focus on internal management and operations of the EANCDA. This is important because the Alliance needs to be well managed before it calls on governments and other duty bearers to account for their responsibilities on NCD prevention and control. Secondly, as an organization that is promoting the voice of PLWNCDs, we need to have accountability for our actions to such people and other partners we collaborate with.

2. Call upon duty bearers such as governments and multilateral organizations to account for their acts of omission or commission. Governments have a duty to provide for the health of people in line with SDG 3 and Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our major focus is:

  • Develop operational guidelines and management structures for EANCDA
  • Use of the EANCDA’s East Africa NCD benchmark survey report and NCD Charter to hold government accountable 
  • Conduct shadow monitoring and adaptation of WHO monitoring to national/regional level
  • Use the peer mentoring forums to emphasize to have inter-sectoral coordination in all African Countries according to the Global Monitoring Framework of 2016