Catalysing health R&D, innovation and access

South African Health Technologies Advocacy Coalition

Advocacy Agenda

SAHTAC supports evidence-based policy change and implementation, improved coordination of health R&D funding mechanisms, and a coordinated advocacy approach. Through partnership, evidence generation, and accountability measures, SAHTAC advocates for:

Implementation of existing policies related to health R&D


The South African government has established a robust policy framework for managing, coordinating, and funding R&D. These policies, however, must be aligned and fully implemented. SAHTAC calls for increased accountability in the implementation of government policies and commitments.

Improved financing for health R&D


The availability and accessibility of funding for health R&D enables local researchers to grow South Africa’s innovation sector and ensures that research priorities are locally generated. Along with improved access to health R&D funding, SAHTAC supports strengthened coordination across government institutions that provide this funding.

Bolstered civil society engagement in health R&D


Civil society can play a critical role in holding the government accountable to commitments and ensuring that health R&D related strategies are implemented. Civil society has long called for improved access to health care in South Africa; by mobilising around this issue, civil society can increase political will to create an innovation system that will improve health outcomes.