The Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI) builds support for government investments in epidemic preparedness.
We draw on our extensive experience conducting health-focused advocacy campaigns around the world as we work with local partners to:
- Engage political decision-makers about the need to prioritize epidemic preparedness.
- Build government, civil society and media capacity to advocate for preparedness funding.
- Demonstrate demand for investments in preparedness in media and public discourse.
- Develop political strategies to remove bottlenecks affecting the allocation and spending of preparedness funds.
- Track budget writing, allocation and spending to inform advocacy.
Where we work:
Ghana and Nigeria
- In Ghana, GHAI is working with government and civil society leaders to increase epidemic preparedness funding at the federal and district levels.
- In Nigeria, GHAI is working with partners to increase funding at the federal level for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and other government agencies with health security functions and in Kano and Lagos states.
- In Senegal, GHAI built political consensus around a funding proposal for epidemic preparedness and response.
Nigeria has made substantial progress toward increasing health security capacities and increased its overall Joint External Evaluation Score from a baseline of 39% (2017) to
46% (2019). However, faced with several challenges, funding for epidemic preparedness has been insufficient.
GHAI worked closely with government and civil society leaders to make the case for epidemic preparedness. We analyzed the legal context and political landscape to inform strategy and empower advocates; engaged and sensitized decision-makers through workshops, site visits and other informative activities; and leveraged media to build consensus around the need for political action.
Funding for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control more than doubled during the first three-years of the campaign to a record 3.9 billion Naira (US$9.3 million) in fiscal 2022. Additionally, the fiscal 2022 budget includes 1.46 billion Naira (US$3.5 million) in new funding to government offices with health security functions, for a total allocation of 1.6 billion Naira (US$3.9 million).
Budget Advocacy Framework
GHAI has developed a framework to help political and civil society leaders build support for sustainable investments in epidemic preparedness in their countries. The framework outlines a four-step process for effective budget advocacy that includes planning a campaign, conducting the campaign, strengthening accountability and building sustainability. Using this framework as a guide, countries can work toward building political support and accountability for investments in epidemic preparedness.