AMSHeR & AAI Launch African MSM Health Scorecards

Delane Kalembo

The MSM Health Advocacy Project (MHAP), a joint project of the African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) and AIDS Accountability International (AAI) is a project that aims to improve the policy and health environment for the delivery of HIV services to men who have sex with men (MSM) in Africa.

The primary objectives of the project were

  • To establish a baseline of current health services available to MSM across Africa;
  • Increase capacity to collect data, analyse, and report on MSM health access and disparity in states obligations to guarantee access to health services;
  • Develop an advocacy program for improvements in health outcomes and build a community network for health advocacy.

The MHAP envisioned to be a three year project with an initial pilot in Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya and Nigeria and will utilise an African MSM Health Scorecard as the tool for establishing a baseline and building accountability for MSM health services, and due to its success implementation in the 3 countries AMSHeR has decided to rollout the its implementation continent-wide.

The scorecards include 16 relevant country level indicators gathered in three categories namely: Holding Government Accountable, Holding Civil Society Accountable, and Holding Funding Partners Accountable. The results point to an interesting dynamic at play across the different countries; no one country can be said to be performing better than the next, as certain data sets were incomplete and government dynamics and associated policies at play within each country differ. However, this information does provide a departure point for more effective management and programming in relation to MSM health issues in the different regions and allows for a heightened level of programme outcome/success measurement.

The first of these scorecards can be viewed here: