We help global health organizations, multilateral agencies, civil society, and communities living with diseases strategies and bring visibility to pressing access to health challenges globally. The projects below highlight selected work on pediatric TB, COVID-19, HIV, and the right to health, across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe.
Matahari partnered with the Global Coalition of TB Activists on a series of workshops for civil society, academia, and TB survivors to discuss obstacles to access to TB services, human rights barriers faced by people affected by TB, and remaining stigma and discrimination in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and African regions. Further to this, we developed targeted recommendations to donors, governments, policymakers, and the TB community for a human rights-based response to TB.
We supported the Alliance for Public Health to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on resources and services previously designated for HIV and TB in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine, and produced reports in English and Russian for dissemination regionally and to think-tanks, UN agencies, government and academics. Our work supported advocacy on broadening the social safety net for vulnerable groups, and supported government initiatives to update domestic TB and HIV policies.
We mapped priorities on the right to health for Amnesty International’s upcoming right to health strategy, speaking directly with experts from the World Health Organization, Amnesty regional offices, USAID, civil society, and independent experts on digital health, pandemic preparedness, health systems strengthening, health in humanitarian contexts, and on racism in global health – distilling this into five priority areas for the next 5-10 years.
Working closely with the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation, Matahari evaluated the value of advocacy for paediatric TB in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe and found that the projects created measurable impact and increased government accountability on quality service delivery.
Together with YouthRISE, Matahari developed a five-year strategy to amplify, maximise, and centre priorities of young people affected by drug policies through coalition building, advocacy, and evidence gathering, and recommending a youth-driven, consultative, and inclusive process towards the creation of international guidelines on young people and harm reduction.
Consulting with the Foundation for Innovative Diagnostics (FIND), the Community Health Impact Coalition, the Ugandan Ministry of Health, Every Breath Counts, and Health Poverty Action, Matahari worked with the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition to develop a mapping tool for crowdsourcing of essential data on access to COVID-19 tools, to help inform advocacy campaigns and improve collaboration between key actors in the global health space.