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“In 2021, we continued to face unprecedented challenges – such as the deepening health inequities exposed and worsened by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating impacts of the UK Government’s cuts to ODA.

In light of these challenges, the alliance and collaborations through our network were more active and important than ever before. We saw breakthrough progress in the UK’s prioritisation of health systems strengthening and called for urgent action in the face of the health emergency caused by climate change at COP26. The network also made significant strides to secure our future sustainability, supported as always by our diverse and influential membership.”

– Katie Husselby


More than

50 dedicated members

improving health for all

3 year grant funding

and 1 new donor for the network
Convened or supported

12 meetings

with UK Government

£70,000 raised

in membership fees
Co-hosted the launch of

2 new FCDO

health position papers

1 new report

on climate change and health inequalities, endorsed by 8 members
Provided powerful evidence to

8 government and parliament inquiries


15 case studies

documenting the impact of UK’s ODA cuts to health

1 new and improved Healthy Futures website

to foster our campaign

6 Collaborative Articles

with Global Citizen
Engaged members in

15 events

Including at London Global Cancer Week and COP26

2 global health campaigns

supported by more than 20 members

“A key benefit of membership of AfGH remains the opportunity to collaborate and add our voice to AfGH led positioning and advocacy on key themes.”

– AfGH Member

Our 2021 Timeline

  • January 1, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2021


    Challenged the gender health gap for International Women’s Day  

  • May 1, 2021


    Celebrated World Health Day with our film festival  

  • May 1, 2021


    Led call from 195 organisations for the Prime Minister to reinstate 0.7% 

  • June 1, 2021


    Campaigned for our transformative health agenda at the G7 Summit 

  • July 1, 2021
  • August 1, 2021


    Consulted with FCDO on Global Health in the International Development Strategy 

  • September 1, 2021
  • October 1, 2021


    Addressed health, climate and Covid-19 challenges at the C20 Summit and THET Conference 

  • November 1, 2021
  • December 1, 2021

“I greatly appreciate all the effort that goes into the Comms Taskforce and it is wonderful to be a part of a community that aims to improve health outcomes and communicate these important issues to wider audiences.”

– Anna Georgeson, SCI Foundation


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What’s Next for AfGH in 2022?

Strategic Shift to Health Equity

The COVID-19 pandemic and social justice movements such as Black Lives Matter have rightly placed a greater focus on inequity. In February, AfGH will launch our new 2022-2025 strategy, with a rigorous focus on achieving health equity globally.

Redouble our UK Focus

2021 saw significant challenges to the UK’s development sector – ODA cuts, ministerial changes and mixed results at COP26. However, the case for international collaboration is stronger than ever and AfGH has grown its influence, credibility, and relationships with UK decision-makers. In 2022, we will redouble our efforts for UK action on health inequity and climate change.

A Diverse and Engaged Network

In 2022, we will prioritise improving our engagement and support to members, including through a new member portal. We will diversify the voices in our network, seeking meaningful collaborations with people with lived experience of health inequities and civil society organisations based in LMICs.

“The [AfGH Climate change and Health Inequalities] position paper is a great summary of lots of different aspects of climate change and health, we have used it internally in capacity building and externally to help demonstrate positions or points we want to make.”

– AfGH Member



Katie Husselby

Network Manager
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Melanie Scagliarini

Advocacy Officer
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Amy Randles

Students for Global Health Coordinator
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Melissa Jones

Digital Campaigns and Communications Officer
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Mike Podmore

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Fiona Lawless

Health Policy Advisor, Sightsavers
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Harry Rogers

Parliamentary Advocacy Officer for Child Health, RESULTS UK
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Dylan Bruce

Health Policy and Advocacy Adviser, Save the Children UK
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Charlotte Ashton

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Anuradha Ponnapalli

National Director, Students for Global Health


“We are very grateful to our members, funders and partners who have helped us grow and mobilise global health civil society over the past year. A special thank you to STOPAIDS for hosting the network and supporting the AfGH team, and to Students for Global Health who partner so closely with us.

We are also particularly grateful to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust’s Health and Climate Network for their continued support of our work.”

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