Advocacy

Advocacy
A woman with her children sits at Mwazisi Health Center in Garanglanda village, Rumphi district, in the northern region of Malawi.
© UNICEF/Noorani

Dedicated and coordinated advocacy is essential to ensuring the necessary resources, policies, and political will are available to realize the Commission’s recommendations and to scale up and sustain expanded access to RMNCH commodities. Collaborative advocacy efforts help carry forward the Commission’s recommendations at the global and national levels to amplify a unified voice among the Commission’s stakeholders.

Advocacy activities improve access to and availability of lifesaving maternal, newborn, and child health commodities, programs, and services. Everyone – development partners, program implementers, health professionals, private sector leaders, civil society activists, and community members – has a role to play in advocating to key decision-makers for commodity-related policies and programs at the national and sub-national levels.

 

Pooling expertise on advocacy

 

PATH is leading the Advocacy Technical Resource Team, a diverse group of approximately 100 partners from more than ten countries— who worked across the RMNCH spectrum to advance the UN Commission’s recommendations, from 2012 to 2016. The TRT promoted joint planning and advocacy to amplify a unified voice among the Commission’s stakeholders.

The expertise of the TRT members as well as the knowledge resources they have developed during this period are captured in the Life-Saving Commodities Practitioners’ Network.

 

 

Progress to date

 

The Advocacy TRT is working with partners to ensure that stakeholders from different sectors and various EWEC initiatives are involved in the Commission’s advocacy activities to improve access to and availability of lifesaving reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health commodities, programs, and services. Read more about global level advocacy.

 

At the country level, the Advocacy TRT is supporting local organizations to carry out advocacy strategies for policy change. Advocacy strategy development workshops have been held in Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda to support national advocates in those countries in their efforts to increase access to and use of the 13 life-saving commodities. Advocacy activities are now underway in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. Read more about country-level advocacy.