Over the five years from 2017 through 2021, the world’s people will decide whether to work toward the full ambition for a more equitable, healthy, and balanced planet that was put forth in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); to accept a status quo where progress is possible, but deliberate and pervasive inequity still means that each child’s opportunity for a healthy start depends heavily on where and to whom she is born; or to reject the principles of global solidarity altogether. There are political movements pulling in all three directions, all over the world.
In this context, the ACTION global health advocacy partnership commits to enhancing our impact, influence and partnership, so we can galvanize political will to achieve the ambitious sustainable development agenda. Our specific role will be to build, expand, and maintain the movements that drive progress toward health equity.
The change we want in the world: better and equitable health and nutrition, and the systems to maintain them.
We anticipate that ACTION’s advocacy will lead to ending the epidemics, giving all children a healthy start, with equal opportunity for girls and women to thrive, and building equitable and sustainable systems.
While our overall goal remains broad—health equity—our strategy is to advance targeted advocacy on key health issues where each partners’ efforts are most likely to drive meaningful change. This means focusing on areas where political and financial opportunities would be missed without smart advocacy. ACTION strategies include advocating for investments in effective health services for the poorest and most underserved people to be made by governments in their own countries and globally. We also push for policy change based on our collective expertise about political systems, policy options, proven health interventions, and gaps in research and development (R&D); and foster and maintain accountability at subnational, national, regional, and global levels to ensure that investments and policies translate into practice—and into health impact. In addition to our direct advocacy, ACTION develops accountability tools, skills training, and policy analysis to support civil society in countries where there is not a formal ACTION partner.