Background

The Strategic Purchasing Africa Resource Center (SPARC) is a resource hub aimed at strengthening strategic purchasing capacity in sub-Saharan Africa. Our vision is to empower countries with knowledge and practical tools to make access to affordable and quality health care a reality for all. SPARC is a complementary resource and partner to the many health financing initiatives on the African continent and globally. SPARC is supported by Amref Health Africa as the institutional host and Results for Development (R4D) as the core technical partner. An advisory committee made up of key global, regional and country stakeholders provides additional input and guidance to SPARC’s approach and activities.

Objectives

SPARC is built on three pillars to increase capacity in strategic purchasing, support country systems and processes to carry out purchasing functions strategically, and add to the knowledge base of what works. SPARC operates on a hub-and-spoke model by engaging our technical partners and mobilizing our coaching community to provide technical support and share learning. SPARC can also serve as a broker connecting countries with funding sources to engage regional experts and partners to support the design and implementation of strategic purchasing approaches.

Connect (Coaching & Mentoring)
Build and coach a regional cadre of experts to serve as the go-to source of strategic purchasing technical support.

Match (Country Engagement)
Match countries implementing strategic purchasing approaches with regional experts who understand local contexts.

Share (Knowledge Management and Joint Learning)
Serve as a resource and knowledge hub for practical tools and best practices on strategic purchasing.

Donors/Partners

Donors:

  1. Amref Health Africa
  2. Results for Development

Technical partners:

  1. Centre de Recherche en Reproduction Humaine et en Demographie (CERRHUD) – Benin
  2. Formation, Recherche, Etude et Conseil en Couverture Sanitaire Universelle (FRECSU) – Burkina Faso
  3. Research For Development International (R4D International) – Cameroon
  4. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) – Ghana
  5. KEMRI Wellcome Trust Programme – Kenya
  6. Health Policy Research Group (HPRG) – Nigeria
  7. University of Rwanda School of Public Health – Rwanda
  8. University of Cape Town Health Economics Unit (HEU) – South Africa
  9. Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) – Tanzania
  10. University of Dar es Salaam – Tanzania
  11. Makerere University School of Public Health – Uganda.

Region

Africa

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