Evidence for Action-MamaYe (E4A) is a programme managed by Options, with financial support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our advocacy activities currently focus in Nigeria and Kenya, we also work across sub-Saharan Africa on advocacy specific to health budgeting and the Global Financing Facility.
The power of evidence
When data is accessible and easy to understand, better decisions can be made that strengthen the health system. Our experts in Africa and the UK translate complex health system data into simple graphic formats and make sure that the right people have the capacity to interpret and use it.
This means that:
- Gaps and obstacles in the health system that prevent people from enjoying good health are identified so that different audiences can take action.
- Decision-makers can use evidence to inform how they make plans and allocate resources for better health care.
- Health budgets and the budgeting process are demystified, empowering citizens – to influence how resources are allocated and spent.
Those in power are held to account for commitments to increase resources and improve the quality of health services across the continuum from family planning through to newborn care.