African Health Observatory Platform on Health systems and Policies (AHOP)

AHOP is a a regional collaborative initiative which supports and promotes the transfer of evidence and experience between countries to foster action by, supporting rigorous analysis of health systems to generate knowledge evidence linked to key health system thematic areas, increasing awareness and uptake of available evidence and expertise from policy makers and building the capacity of policy makers on evidence informed policy making at national and regional levels. The Platform leverages existing national and regional collaborations to form a network of 5 National Centres in Africa and is hosted by the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) which serves as the Regional Secretariat and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Platform also draws on support from WHO AFRO as hosts and from a technical consortium including the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and national, regional and global partners. Platform partners work on producing a range of health systems analysis at the national and regional level, focusing on evidence for action:

  1. Part of ‘Health Systems in Transition’ series; HiTs are detailed reviews of a country’s health system, reform and policy initiatives
  2. Policy briefs tailored to the needs of health policy-makers for informing them about available evidence on specific questions and issues, presented in an accessible and user-friendly format
  3. Comparative and thematic studies providing in-depth analysis of a specific health system function or issue based on secondary research and
  4. Policy dialogues targeting senior policy-makers and advisers, and marshalling support for key decision points which also serve as a mechanism drawing in expertise and policy-makers to foster mutual learning.

Study Outputs
Policy Briefs
Published Papers