The 14th Ordinary Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State held on 30th November 2012 through its communiqué reaffirmed their commitment to the promotion of accountability for results and resources, innovative interventions and improved access to health data, information and knowledge sharing for better results, better tracking and stronger oversight on results and resources for women and children’s health. In line with this policy position, the EAC Partner States prioritized the development of periodic scorecards, a regional DHIS-2 based data warehouse and resource tracking.
In this regard, the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with Partner States and development Partners developed the first EAC Reproductive Maternal New-born Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Scorecard (2014) that was subsequently approved on 24th March 2015 by the 11th Ordinary Meeting of the Sectoral Council of Ministers responsible for Health and launched on 25th March 2015 during the 2nd EAC Health Ministers’ and Parliamentarians Forum convened in the same month as part of the 5th Annual East African Health and Scientific Conference. The 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the Council of Ministers endorsed the 2014 scorecard in August 2015 and directed the EAC Secretariat to prepare scorecards annually. In line with this directive, an annual scorecard for 2015 was developed. The process of institutionalizing the scorecard at the regional level was mirrored by similar processes in the Partner States.
In line with directives of the Sectoral Council on Health on the need to better integrate RMNCAH and HIV/AIDS and as provided for in the EAC Integrated Health Programme – EIHP (2016-2020), the first EAC Integrated RMNCAH and HIV/AIDS Scorecard (2016) was developed. The EAC Integrated RMNCAH and HIV/AIDS Scorecard (2018) is therefore the second integrated regional scorecard in a row and especially in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. The 2018 integrated scorecard has been produced together with the first EAC State of Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health and HIV/AIDS Report 2018 which provides explanations to the performance shown in the scorecard in terms of key bottlenecks, enablers and strategic recommendations to accelerate progress.
The scorecards have been user friendly advocacy and accountability tools while engaging non-technical stakeholders and especially the EAC policy organs including the Sectoral Council of Ministers responsible of Health, the Council of Ministers, the East African Legislative Assembly and the Summit of the Heads of State.