Nigerian emerges Global co-convener of COPASAH

By Gloria Essien, Abuja

Dr. Aliyu Garba

A Nigerian, Dr. Aliyu Garba has emerged the Co-convener of the Community of Practitioners in Accountability and Social Action in Health, COPASAH.

His emergence came at a one day post symposium meeting after a successful COPASAH Global Symposium in New Delhi that lasted from 15th to 18th October 2019.

The Global Steering Committee approved the nomination of Dr Aminu Garba as its Global Co-convener with immediate effect.

He will be working side by side with Professor Abhjit Das the current Global Convener over the next one year that will witness a successful transition of COPASAH secretariat from India to Africa.

Community of Practitioners in Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH) is a global community where practitioners who share an interest and passion for the field of monitoring for accountability in health interact regularly and exchanging experiences and lessons; sharing resources, capacities and methods; in the production and dissemination of conceptual, methodological and practical outputs towards strengthening the field; and in networking and capacity building among member organisations.

It is in that light that COPASAH had over 500 practitioners, activists, professionals, and researchers from over 40 countries gathered in New Delhi from 15th to 18th October 2019, for the Global Symposium on Citizenship, Governance and Accountability in Health. The Symposium provided an opportunity for sharing experiences and concerns and devising fresh strategies for strengthening the engagement of marginalised communities as empowered citizens in health systems governance. It had also on the 18th October adopted a Charter and Call to Action for Social Accountability for Health during its practitioners assembly.

In his acceptance speech, Dr Aminu thanked the Global Steering Committee, promising to be committed and do his utmost best with self-accountability and self-transparency as well as working as a team to take COPASAH to the highest level.

He also hopes to see the emergence of Regional Symposiums in the 4 regions of COPASAH being organised in 2020 and to organise the next Global Symposium in Africa hopefully either in 2021 or 2022.

Dr Aliyu is currently the Coordinator of the Africa Health Budget Network with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.


Mercy Chukwudiebere