Global Doctors continuously works towards promoting global health on the political agenda, nationally and internationally, with a focus on HRH, health systems and UHC, and on informing and influencing decision makers, health workers, and populations. GD’s advocacy work has two overall components: information work and influencing political decision-making processes:
GD works on creating new knowledge and recommendations within global health with a special focus on health workers and health systems. In practice this knowledge is communicated through professional networks with information and knowledge sharing, symposia, conferences, seminars and short
meetings, campaign work and written input – e.g. reviews, scientific articles, post in debates and on blogs, e-learning and education/training of various kind – aimed at decision makers, health workers and the general public, nationally as well as internationally.
An important prerequisite in ensuring UHC is influencing decision makers locally and globally by putting global health on the agenda, and ensuring the best possible framework for the work of health workers. GD has previously worked with influencing health and development policy, e.g. ‘the Danish Development Cooperation Strategy 2012’ through providing inputs to public hearings, letters addressed directly to e.g. the minister of development cooperation and input via NGO Forum. In addition, GD has taken part in consultations of the Post 2015 process, where GD contributed with an article to be used when formulating the new global development goals that are to replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MGDs). GD will continue to work on bringing changes on a political level. Influencing political processes will be done through development of documents based on knowledge and research with clear recommendations for action. Decision makers will be approached through dialogue meetings, written reports (and publication of these), participation in relevant hearings, meetings with involved parties, letters, telephone calls, and possibly involvement of ambassadors who recommend action/offer support to GD’s agenda. GD will seek to involve other relevant parties in GD’s professional network in this work.