It’s not always enough to develop solutions to global health problems. Part of creating lasting behavior change often involves winning the backing of decision-makers, policymakers and others who can commit the resources, enact the necessary policies to support good health and equity around the world or remove bottlenecks standing in the way.
The most effective advocacy programs depend on collective action and the ability to generate momentum over time. At CCP, we feel that the stronger the force, the more power is generated to make enduring change. We mobilize evidence-based advocacy programs around the world dedicated to HIV and malaria prevention, family planning and reproductive health, and more.
For example, in Tanzania, we advocated for three years to convince the nation’s largest private health insurance company to include family planning in their policies. We did this by demonstrating that family planning improves the lives of clients and reduces the company’s rising maternal health care costs.
In Indonesia, following advocacy efforts by CCP’s MyChoice project, provincial and district governments allocated roughly $1.5 million USD for family planning at the district level. Without this financial support, there wouldn’t have been enough money to effectively sustain grassroots efforts for village-level family planning promotion and services and expanded postpartum family planning service training.
In Ghana, we work with businesses to advocate for the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets to their employees, pitching employers on the cost-effectiveness – fewer sick days, higher productivity – of keeping workers free from malaria. The program urges companies to be “Malaria Safe,” and invest in malaria prevention in the workplace and community.
By engaging and briefing him on the progress of its work, the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative maintained a close relationship with Paul Manya Dogo, who became commissioner for health in Kaduna State in 2016. Armed with quality information from NURHI, Dogo and other key stakeholders in Kaduna convinced the State Executive Council to set aside roughly $250,000 USD in the 2017 family planning budget to pay for contraception for its citizens.