66 %
of all global maternal deaths occur in Sub Saharan Africa
63 %
of new HIV infections in Sub Saharan Africa are girls and women
65 %
of all cancer cases in Africa occur in women
Who We Are


The Coalition for Women’s Health in Africa ( COWHA) is a unified platform of private and non-state organizations that works towards an Africa where women and girls have access to equitable healthcare and optimal well-being.
COWHA Vision
Who We Are


Women and girls' health is still low on the political and policy agenda in Africa, this results in the alarming health indicators. It is crucial that we protect and promote the health of women and girls on the continent –with a focus on quality, affordability and equity to improve overall health and achieve optimum wellbeing for both current and future generations.

COWHA is initiated to create a unified network of private and non-state actors that work towards the promotion and protection of equitable healthcare and optimal wellbeing for girls and women on the African continent.
“I am thrilled to be part of this unified platform working towards advancing women’s health in Africa. I firmly believe that every girl and woman in Africa should be spared from preventable illnesses and loss of life. By coming together, collaborate and empower them, we can ensure African girls and women achieve optimal health and well-being.”
Mokgadi Mashishi

Mokgadi Mashishi

Access Market Lead (SA&SSA), Organon
How We Work

Our Pillars


Thoughts on Women's Health

Women live longer than men, statistics show, however they may spend a greater proportion of their lives in poor health for a variety of reasons, attributable less to biological differences than to poverty and gender discrimination.
Nyawira Njeru
Women's health is global health and the cornerstone of families, communities, societies, and economies globally.
Nyawira Njeru,
Director of Market Access – Middle East & Africa
Marloes Kibacha
Where countries have prioritized women’s health in national policy, great progress has been made.
Marloes Kibacha,
Africa Health Business,
Managing Director
Working together to advance women's health

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Primary Principal Founding Member
Founding Members
Associate Member
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Strategic Partners

Affiliations We Are Part of

Not a Member Yet?

COWHA welcomes private health sector partners to join this unique and exciting movement by joining the Coalition as founding members.