If the current pandemic has taught us nothing else, it’s that we are all in this together. In 2020, all eyes turned to global health in a way that most of us who live and breathe this work on a daily basis could not have imagined. As the pandemic continues to surge around the globe, we know it is critically important to rally advocates from the various global health priorities to coordinate our collective demands of policymakers to meet the needs of vulnerable groups worldwide. We also recognize the power of leveraging each other’s messages and networks to call attention to those asks and make them even more influential.
The transition of events to a virtual format has limited civil society participation in the age of COVID-19. How can we push back on that trend and what lessons have we learned so far? Panelists will share their experiences and insights on barriers or breakthroughs for civil society advocacy across multilateral fora and convenings. Speakers also will highlight additional opportunities for collective advocacy across health and development or domestic and international campaigns in the medium and long term, as countries continue to respond to or recover from the pandemic, demonstrating alignment on multiple policy fronts.
Moderator: Amy Boldosser-Boesch, Senior Director, FCI Program & Practice Area Lead for Health Policy, Advocacy & Engagement, Management Sciences for Health
- Yolanda Moyo, Senior Director, Advocacy and Policy Research Preparedness, IAVI and representative of the South Africa Health Technologies Advocacy Coalition (SAHTAC)
- Dona Da Costa Martinez, Executive Director, Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago and representative of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) for UHC2030
- Jeni Miller, Executive Director, Global Climate and Health Alliance