Health alliances are designed as lean mechanisms for delivering sustainable and measurable improvements in global health and prosperity abroad, and to support the NHS in its offer of health-focused commercial activity. With their close links to a range of organisations in-country, they play a key role as an in-country agent to
- Support co-ordination and priority setting for in-country activity by Alliance members (FCDO)
- Support high quality global learning opportunities for health workers from the UK (NHS/HEE)
- Engagement with diaspora communities living in the UK to support advocacy, fundraising, and collaboration (DIT)
- Enable direct investment and the involvement of commercial organisations in health system strengthening activity (DIT)
Health alliances aim to be a catalyst for global partnerships by ensuring that UK actors working in Low-To-Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are as impactful as possible and aligned to the Government’s national priorities. They aim to share learning, coordinate activity to avoid duplication and support collaboration on thematic areas where pooling resources will lead to the most effective delivery.
The Benefits of Health Alliances
- Increased impact by encouraging alignment of all actors behind strategic areas explicitly linked to the priorities of the partner governments.
- They ensure the visibility of the contribution of the alliance members including various health partnerships, thereby improving accountability.
- The contributions of the alliance could help the government to identify areas of need, thereby prioritising intiiatives that would benefit the population.
- They create an enabling environment for health partnerships that benefit the population.
- Health alliances are an effective approach to coordination and collaboration, through the involvement of government ministries of health, civil society, and UK non-government and NHS agencies in a consultative prioritisation process.
- Health alliances promote the development of commercial partnerships and investment. This is achieved by creating a mechanism for ministries of health to engage with a network of UK suppliers, and for partner countries’ suppliers to engage with UK health organisations.
Kenya UK Health Alliance (KUKHA)
The launch of the Kenya UK Health Alliance formalises all the cooperation and partnerships between UK non-governmental institutions on health, such as universities, hospitals, and research institutions. In Kenya, it includes Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital (KUTTRH); Kisii University; Egerton University; University of Nairobi; Maseno University. Given the growing burden of cancer in Kenya, developing a comprehensive cancer service for the country and the entire East Africa Region is an essential part of this programme.
For more information, please visit the GOV.UK page on the healthcare partnership with Kenya.
Myanmar UK Health Alliance (MUKHA)
Myanmar and the UK share close links in the field of health education and training through the work of numerous organisations and partnerships. The MUKHA was born in October 2016 to enhance the coordination, collaboration, and consistency of deliveries from Myanmar-UK partnerships.
A key objective of the alliance is to encourage closer collaboration between the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) and the UK Partners, including Health Education England, the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, Department for International Development (DFID), International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), academic organisations and other health-related institutions in areas that are a priority for the Myanmar MoHS and the UK Government.
For more information, please visit the MUKHA website.
Uganda UK Health Alliance (UUKHA)
The Uganda-UK Health Alliance is an umbrella Organization for UK Institutions and organizations undertaking healthcare capacity building activity in Uganda. Without controlling or inhibiting individual organisational members, the Alliance has provided a system-platform to allow each member to maximize their impact by linking them to other agencies working in the same geographical region or sharing similar activities. It has also created mechanisms to support and better coordinate its member organizations and ensure that their activities map to the priorities of the prevailing Ugandan government and Ministry of Health.
For more information, please visit the UUKHA website.