The East Africa Health Platform (EAHP) is a unique Platform in the sense that it brings the stakeholders from the health sector, who have diverse interests in the health sector such as the private health providers, faith-based organisations, and pharmaceutical and civil society organisations as its members, from the East African community (EAC) together. It is a network that brings together the regional, national networks of health stakeholders in East Africa. The Platform therefore, leverages from these members pooled resources and expertise in advocacy and institutional development of its organisation. This uniqueness provides potential for the Platform to voice and synergise their concerns in the EAC health policy formulation, implementation and holding the EAC Partner States accountable for the implementation.
A wide range of stakeholder consultations between 2010 and 2012 were held that included stake holders and development partners in the region namely, the East African Business Council (EABC) and the East African Civil Society Organizations Forum EACSOF) with the financial support from EAC-GIZ GOPA initiated a joint action towards the establishment of the East African Health Platform comprising of the private sector, civil society organizations, Faith Based Organizations and other interest groups to facilitate engagement and advocacy with the EAC Secretariat, Organs, Institutions and Partners States on health policies legislation. Ultimately the platform was launched in March 2013 in Kigali, Rwanda by Hon. Jessica Osuna Erinyo, Deputy Secretary General, Productive and Social sectors, EAC.