25 T he East African Community enables EAC citizens to move freely in the region. However people currently do not have access to health benefits while staying in other EAC countries or in other words the portability of Social Health Protection (SHP) en- titlements is not assured. The objective is to establish mechanisms for the coordination of different national SHP systems in a way that allows people to access health services in another Partner State and enables financial compensation to cover the costs for these services. The GFA Consulting Group, on behalf of the GIZ/EAC Integration Program, has supported the EAC to develop the draft EAC SHP Portability Strategy and Roadmap through a comprehensive and inclusive consultation process. The draft was presented to the EAC Sectoral Council of Ministers of Health in November 2017, who directed the EAC Secretariat to carry out further nation- al consultative meetings and represent the draft to the next Sectoral Council meeting in 2018. Before approval, the following issues should be clarified: •  the different levels of social health protection and the health care systems in the EAC Partner States, •  the relatively low coverage in many countries, •  the interlinkages of social health protection and uni- versal health coverage, and •  the interoperability of systems among others. A dialogue and learning process will be initiated which will lead to a common understanding of the SHP porta- bility issue and its solution. The suggested mechanisms focus entirely on providing portability between existing systems, no matter at what stage each Partner State is. This would be a first step towards facilitating SHP port- ability for free movement of people. Its relevance within the EAC integration process will grow with improve- ment of SHP at national level and at the same time al- low each Partner State to develop at its own pace and direction. Ensuring Health Services for People Moving in the EAC