Advocacy

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:

Information work (the general public and professional networks

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.

Influencing decision makers and politicians

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.

Objectives

  • Strengthening of GD’s position as a significant player within global health and development
  • Continued influence on the MDG- and Post 2015-process as well as on other relevant policy development processes
  • Collect and communicate knowledge on HRH to decision makers, health workers and the general public – nationally as well as internationally
  • Conveying knowledge and learning from our activities to decision makers, collaborating partners and the general public

Means

  • Annual or biannual thematic focus chosen interest, significance, or synergy in relation to spreading GD’s messages
  • Seminars, short meetings, dialogue meetings, debates or workshops etc. conducted in collaboration with GD’s professional network – minimum two annual events (see ’Network’)
  • Organiser/co-organiser of symposia, sessions and workshops as part of larger international congresses and conferences
  • Scientific articles or equivalent document
  • The external communication and advocacy must be in line with the internal communication strategy (see 6.5), and GD must make use of communication platforms that are also used for internal communication (e.g. Facebook, website etc.)