The crisis in human health resources (HRH) affects access to infant, child and maternal care. It is one of the major obstacles to making progress in the field of health and to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). A new sustainable development program for 2030 was adopted in September 2015, with HRH as one of the central features.

To counteract the shortage of skilled health workers in Africa, AMP and Save the Children teamed up to create the first phase of an HRH advocacy project known as ADAMA (Advocating for Available Skilled Manpower in Africa). The program aimed to develop a community of HRH advocates capable of mobilizing additional funding for qualified, available health workers. ADAMA, which ran from 2012 to 2015, was designed and delivered by AMP in Benin, Mauritania and Togo in close collaboration with the relevant governments and key stakeholders in the respective countries.

ADAMA 1 helped boost investment in the health workforce via a capacity-building platform. This supported a community of health worker advocates by providing:

Following the success of ADAMA 1 (2012 to 2015) in strengthening HRH advocacy capacity, AMP and Save the Children decided to expand their fields of action and extend the methods by implementing phase two of the project, ADAMA 2, for 2015-2018.