Advocacy is one of the many powerful tools that PATH uses to achieve its mission. By influencing the priorities and actions of those in power, PATH works to create a policy environment that supports good health. In Zambia, workshops for journalists are helping the government broaden its efforts to wipe out malaria. In Kenya, an email discussion group for local advocates is encouraging the government to support research expanding woman-initiated options for HIV protection. And in Ukraine, policy gaps are being identified and addressed in efforts to prevent and contain future cases of avian influenza.
This collection of stories provides examples of how PATH uses ten key steps for strategic advocacy to achieve lasting policy change. These steps are not stringent guidelines, but rather a resource that can help global health implementers and advocates plan more deliberately to develop strategies to achieve policy goals. Although these examples are specific to particular countries and health issues, the methods used to accomplish policy objectives can be practiced in a variety of settings to address a myriad of issues.