We build 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, Nigeria and Senegal
- Investments in the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control – the country’s leading national health institute – grew throughout our campaign to record heights.
- Nigeria’s most populous state, Kano, established a budget line for epidemic preparedness.
- Senegal’s Ministry of Health approved multi-million dollar proposal developed with our support to improve the country’s health emergency and crisis management.
- More than 1,000 journalists in Africa received information and tips on how to cover COVID-19 and epidemic preparedness.
In Nigeria, 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. We leveraged media to build consensus around the need for political action. And we provided opportunities for opinion leaders and ordinary citizens to make their voices heard.
Funding for the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control grew each year to a record 2.9 billion Naira (US$7.7 million) in fiscal 2021. In Kano, our campaign worked with political leaders to add a line for epidemic preparedness and response (EPR) to the state’s annual budget, totaling 300 million Naira (US$525,000) in 2021, and to have each of the 44 local government areas in the state allocate additional funds toward EPR.
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.