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Virtual Learning Series: Health Advocacy in the New Normal

With the onset of COVID-19, advocates around the world are faced with the challenge of acclimating to a rapidly evolving public health landscape spurred by a pandemic. All hands are on deck to solve the pressing matters of the pandemic while also maintaining focus on closing the equity gaps in access to health services. Meanwhile, physical constraints pose limits to the tactics advocates can pursue. How must our traditional advocacy approaches shift to effectively advocate in today’s ‘new normal’?

With the aim of catalyzing conversations and exchanging of best practices among health advocates, PATH is hosting a virtual learning series on advocating in this new normal. During the series, we are bringing together perspectives from across the African continent to reflect upon what is working and how we are evolving the practice of advocacy for health.

Publication date: July 2020

Available materials

    1. ARTICLE: Advocating in a new normal

      This article surfaces some of the lessons PATH has learned from our advocacy experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t have all the answers, but we want to get the conversation started.

    2. WEBINAR: The Changing Face of Accountability

      This is a recording of a webinar hosted on July 21, 2020. The conversation explored how traditional tactics for holding decisionmakers accountable are shifting as a result of COVID-19.

    3. KEY TAKEAWAYS: The Changing Face of Accountability 268 KB PDF

      This is a high-level summary of a webinar hosted on July 21, 2020. The conversation explored how traditional tactics for holding decisionmakers accountable are shifting as a result of COVID-19.

    4. WEBINAR: Advocating at the subnational level during COVID-19

      This is a recording of a webinar hosted on August 6, 2020. The conversation explored how traditional tactics for advocating at the subnational level are shifting as a result of COVID-19.

    5. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Advocating at the subnational level during COVID-19 192 KB PDF

      This is a high-level summary of a webinar hosted on August 6, 2020. The conversation explored how traditional tactics for advocating at the subnational level are shifting as a result of COVID-19.

    6. WEBINAR: Pursuing long-term policy change during COVID-19

      This is a recording of a webinar hosted on September 24, 2020. The conversation explored challenges and opportunities around pursuing long-term health policy change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    7. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Pursuing long-term policy change during COVID-19 178.8 KB PDF

      This is a summary of key takeaways from a webinar hosted on September 24, 2020. The conversation explored challenges and opportunities around pursuing long-term health policy change during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    8. WEBINAR: Capital to Clinic: Implementing public health policies during a pandemic (Part 1)

      This is a recording of Part 1 of a webinar exploring implementing public health policies during a pandemic. The first part of a conversation took place on October 27, 2020 and focused on overcoming bottlenecks to policy implementation.

    9. WEBINAR: Capital to Clinic: Implementing public health policies during a pandemic (Part 2)

      This is a recording of Part 2 of a webinar exploring implementing public health policies during a pandemic. The first part of a conversation took place on October 29, 2020 and focused on creative approaches to policy dissemination.