Advocacy

URC’s advocacy work has two goals: to cultivate leaders’ commitments to policies and programs that support health and to promote changes in social conditions that contribute to disease and vulnerability. As a result of our advocacy efforts, governments in Guatemala, El Salvador, Haiti, Iraq, Cambodia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Malawi, and Mozambique have adopted our country-level social and behavior change communication strategies as official policy. This is a testament to the strength of our technical assistance and the passion our advocates bring to their work.

Advocacy at Work

In South Africa, the USAID TB Program South Africa successfully integrated advocacy into a comprehensive campaign to strengthen TB prevention, treatment, and control. The project worked with public leaders and community workers and activists to engage them around the key drivers of the epidemic, the challenges of TB service uptake, and to develop community action plans.

In Cambodia, the USAID-funded Malaria Control in Cambodia project successfully advocated for an improved supply chain system to help prevent stock-outs of critical anti-malarial supplies. In a one-day workshop, URC convened national, provincial and district stakeholders to recommend changes to the supply chain. After a successful pilot, the new approach resulted in fewer stock outs (less than 15%), and a job aid helps village health workers promote bed net use.