Advocacy

The SCTG strives to ignite a broad-based advocacy movement in support of self-care; , effectively paving the way for the thoughtful and deliberate integration of self-care into health policy, program, and practice change. As a multi-stakeholder partnership, the SCTG can add value by convening partners to strengthen common messaging and coordinate strategies and activities to propel this movement forward. It can help bring together more champions, technical partners, and experts; bridge advocacy efforts between the country and global levels; and leverage planned processes and events as appropriate.

The SCTG provides opportunities for members to promote evidence-based self-care to improve health on major global and national platforms through two working groups:.

The Global Advocacy Working Group provides opportunities for members to engage in advocacy with target global bodies, including healthcare providers, universal health coverage and primary healthcare groups, and health financing institutions, to elevate and incorporate self-care into their agendas.

The Country Advocacy Working Group is a new working group for those members seeking to inform and influence self-care policies and financing at national and subnational levels. This new workstream will be led by SCTG member White Ribbon Alliance, who will provide opportunities for SCTG members working in and supporting country-level advocacy to share lessons learned and pursue collaborations to advance self-care policies.

GLOBAL ADVOCACY WORKING GROUP

The Global Advocacy and Communications Working Group leads a coordinated advocacy, outreach, and communications effort at the global and regional levels to support a joint advocacy strategy for the introduction and scale-up of self-care interventions within health systems.

The Global Advocacy and Communications Working Group provides opportunities for advocates to learn, collaborate, and align around common advocacy strategies, practices, and targets. Two workstreams provide opportunities for members to engage in efforts to increase the awareness of and support for self-care by institutions and sectors that can contribute to advancing self-care at global, national, and subnational levels:

  • Global Engagement: increases the awareness of and support for self-care by institutions and sectors that can contribute to advancing self-care at global and regional levels, resulting in changes at the national and subnational levels.
  • Communications: advises the SCTG on the adoption and implementation of its communications plan at global, regional, and national levels.
  • The AWG will consider additional workstreams, subgroups, subcommittees, and ad -hoc task forces as appropriate.

The Global Advocacy and Communications Working Group’s responsibilities include pursuing the following outcomes:

  • Foster awareness and support for self-care increases among potential global, self-care influencers and funders.
  • Influence the political process at the highest levels and ensure that self-care is identified as a core universal health coverage component and included in all relevant guidance, policies, and funding.
  • Generate awareness of the promise and practice of self-care increases among potential global, regional, and national self-care influencers, policymakers, and opposition.

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Our Members

For a list of all members and organizations in the advocacy working group, please use the dropdown function below.

  • Christy Asala, White Ribbon Alliance (WRA)
  • Elena Ateva, WRA
  • Stephanie Bowen, WRA
  • Sonasha Braxton, Refuge Point
  • Irene Choge, Jhpiego Kenya
  • Megan Christofield, Jhpiego
  • Austen El-Osta, Imperial College London
  • Beth Frederick, John Hopkins University
  • Sandy Garcon, Population Services International (PSI)
  • Katelin Gray, PATH
  • Marielle Hart, Aidsfonds
  • Kasey Henderson,  PSI
  • Janet Holt, Hewlett Foundation
  • David Imbago, Ipas
  • Clive Ingleby, VSO
  • Amanda Kalamar, PSI
  • Kristy Kade, WRA
  • Evalin Karijo,  Y-ACT
  • Vania Kibui, Y-ACT
  • Stephanie Kim, PSI
  • Shanzeh Mahmood,  Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Darwin Mbonsi
  • Tanvi Monga, Ipas
  • Pierre Moon, PSI
  • Sam Mulyanga, Jhpiego
  • Salome Njiri, Jhpiego
  • Jenny Njuki, Amref Health Africa
  • Charles Olaro, Ministry of Health Uganda
  • Diana Santana, Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Anne Sorensen, VSO International
  • Sylvia Wamugi, AMREF
  • Linda Weisert, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
  • Leigh Wynne, FHI360
  • Trinity Zan,  FHI360

COUNTRY ADVOCACY WORKING GROUP

The Country Advocacy Working Group works to grow and provide a community of and for individuals and organizations who are working, or interested in working, to advance self-care through policy, programmatic, and public advocacy at national and subnational levels.

Intended to be a sharing, learning, and incubation forum, the Country Advocacy Working Group strives to bring more people into the self-care fold, linking and connecting with established coalitions to socialize self-care as a cross-cutting solution for the promotion of broader health, well-being, and rights.

The Country Advocacy Working Group will meet on a quarterly basis, with meetings to feature presentations of self-care advocacy efforts from various national and subnational partners, with time for Q&A and joint brainstorming. Each meeting will be organized with an existing coalition or group to reach and highlight self-care among their constituencies. However, meetings will not be exclusive to the membership of those coalitions and will be open to all members of the SCTG.

Find our charter here.