African Strategies for Health (ASH) is a five-year contract, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). ASH works to improve the health status of populations across Africa by identifying and advocating for best practices, enhancing technical capacity, and engaging African regional institutions to address health issues in a sustainable manner. ASH provides USAID and other development partners with information on trends and developments in the continent to enhance decision-making regarding investments in health.
Alongside USAID, ASH works in close collaboration with African health institutions to identify and address factors that impede countries from achieving the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the goals of the United States Government. ASH’s key technical areas of expertise include: maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious disease; health systems strengthening; monitoring and evaluation; communications; and advocacy.
ASH is implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in partnership with the three core Africa-based partners: African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Khulisa Management Services, and L’Institut pour la Sante et le Development (ISED, University of Dakar). ASH also has collaborative partnerships with selected African regional institutions and associations of health professionals.
The ASH Project supports USAID's Africa Bureau and USAID Regional Missions in all USAID-supported African countries. ASH also works with key regional health organizations in all African countries.