Healthy Start

ACTION’s advocacy around giving children a healthy start targets nutrition, vaccine-preventable diseases, and innovation for new solutions. ACTION supports numerous global campaigns, including: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi); The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI); the Nutrition for Growth (N4G) process; Every Woman Every Child; The Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP); and the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health 2016–2030.

ACTION aims to give all children a healthy start, with equal opportunities for girls and women to thrive. Only by investing more in underutilized—but proven—health and nutrition interventions can we close the gap in health outcomes across families’ incomes, wealth, or social status.

Our advocacy is three-fold:

  • Resources: We advocate for national budgets, bilateral assistance, and multilateral donor funds to increase spending on children’s health though mechanisms such as N4G commitments, Gavi, GPEI, and the Global Financing Facility (GFF).
  • Policies: ACTION makes the case for governments and institutions supporting child health to include sufficient space and funding for civil society to continue and expand its demand creation and community education work, which is critical to the success of child health strategies. We also push for prioritizing routine immunization, nutrition, and other policy solutions to give all children a healthy start.
  • Accountability: ACTION partners track government spending on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and put pressure on governments to translate that funding into implementation and measurable impact.