Call for Applications: Online Course: Advocating for Universal Healthcare

Would you like to learn more and share experience about Universal Health Coverage (UHC)? 

Do you work with Civil Society Organisation based in Botswana, Angola, Comoros, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Madagascar, Seychelles, DRC Congo, Zambia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Mauritius, Zimbabwe or South Africa?

Then consider this online short course on: 


This course is offered in collaboration with Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), University of KwaZulu-Natal

About the Course:

This online short course will be facilitated by ARASA in collaboration with Health Economics And HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) University of KwaZulu-Natal.

This online course will help participants to; 

  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of Universal Health Coverages 
  • Identify specific challenges impacting the delivery of UHC in Southern and East African countries while identifying realistic and proactive solutions. 
  • Understand the context of SRHR in UHC and develop skills to advocate for inclusion of comprehensive SHRH packages in UHC.

Course participants are expected to spend at least 8 hours a week.

Why a course on advocacy for access to Universal Health Rights (UHC)?

In recent years, the international community’s health focus has shifted from achieving disease-specific targets towards reaching the goal of universal health coverage (UHC), which is prominently featured in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines UHC as a situation in which “all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.” Forty four years after the signing of the Alma Ata declaration on meeting the essential health needs of people through primary health care, the UHC agenda has become a renewed focus for the global health debate at global, regional and country level. It is shaping health system reforms agendas in countries across the world. 

UHC implementation is moving forward rapidly, and important decisions and choices will have to be made in each country regarding how SRHR including HIV treatment and prevention services will continue to be funded, in particular in countries with reduced or diminishing donor funding for HIV and health. There is an urgency for communities particularly of people living with HIV, key and vulnerable populations and other civil society actors to engage with the UHC agenda to not lose the successes achieved with HIV and ensure that UHC is truly covering everyone who needs services, including key populations. 

This online course will ensure that participants; 

Attain knowledge on how Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights fits into the broad agenda of Universal Health Coverage focusing on health systems and health financing aspects.
Build your understanding of how advocacy for, and monitoring of, Universal Health Coverage can be an effective tool to advance SRHR.
Create, monitor and advocate for holistic programming on access to universal health coverage and SRHR

How to Apply:

Kindly click or copy and paste the link for application form below to apply for the course:
For any questions please write to Bruce Tushabe at and copy


All applications must be received by no later than close of business 20 May 2022. Kindly note that applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be notified by 25 May 2022

The course will start on 30 May 2022 and end on 27 June 2022.