This week, we hosted a conversation about how advocates can advance effective public health policies in a world disrupted by COVID-19—disruptions that underscore the urgency of health advocacy even while making some traditional advocacy activities more difficult.

Advocacy experts joined us from five countries and a variety of health projects, including cardiovascular health, healthy food policies, drowning prevention, road safety and preventing epidemics. They focused on three themes:

  • How to protect public health gains
  • Advocacy to strengthen health systems and achieve health equity
  • The importance of local budget advocacy

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Moderator: Claire Wingfield, Director, Advocacy, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, USA

Remarks by Dr Areet Kaur, Director, National Health Mission, Punjab, India

Speakers:

  • Paula Johns, General Director, ACT+, Brazil
  • Nalin Sinha, India Coordinator, Global Health Advocacy Incubator
  • Russell Rensburg, Director, Rural Health Advocacy Project, South Africa
  • Vandana Shah, Regional Director, Global Health Advocacy Incubator, USA
  • Doan Thi Thu Huyen, Country Director, Vietnam, Global Health Advocacy Incubator
  • Emmanuel Alhassan, PhD, Nigeria Coordinator, Global Health Advocacy Incubator

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