The African Health Initiative's (AHI) second phase draws from lessons learned through AHI Phase 1 and responds to the continued need to strengthen health systems in sub-Saharan Africa with the more specific goal of improving maternal and neonatal survival and well-being. Given this objective, in AHI Phase 2, the foundation will support up to three large-scale health system strengthening partnerships that: 1) replicate, evaluate and scale up interventions that achieve measurable, significant health improvements, and 2) develop national, regional and/or district-level platforms that use existing health and implementation research to enable the entire health system to become more responsive to the population’s changing contexts and needs.
Unique to AHI Phase 2 is its structure of leadership uniting national ministries of health, U.S. and African universities and research centers, and global funders contributing to the same model and measures for success. Additionally, as was done in AHI Phase 1, grantees will convene regularly to share their progress and findings and coordinate with other learning networks to ensure broader progress across the region. (To learn about the first phase, please visit the Phase 1 page.)