Our Priorities

End the Epidemics

ACTION’s advocacy around TB—the issue that brought the partnership together over a decade ago—includes drug-resistant forms of TB and TB-HIV coinfection. We also work to align with global advocacy on other diseases of poverty, such as malaria, HIV/AIDS, and emerging diseases. ACTION supports numerous global campaigns, including: the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; the Global Plan to End TB; the antimicrobial resistance agenda; and Universal Health Coverage.

Our advocacy is three-fold:

  • Resources: We are working to ensure enough funding for prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment—as well as funding for R&D to develop new tools—to end tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases threats.
  • Policies: We are asking governments to adopt ambitious evidence-based TB polices and recommended TB-HIV program integration strategies, ensuring TB is central to the antimicrobial resistance agenda, and reducing policy barriers to TB R&D.
  • Accountability: We call attention to progress or failures in reducing the impact of diseases of poverty as the ultimate measure of accountability for government spending, policy, and implementation.

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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.

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Equitable and Sustainable Systems

ACTION’s advocacy around building equitable and sustainable systems focuses on cross-cutting outcomes including universal health coverage (UHC) grounded in strong primary health care systems; expanding the health workforce; strengthening supply chains for vaccines and essential medicines; expanding R&D partnerships; promoting innovation in health tools, delivery mechanisms, and community engagement; and targeting services to traditionally underserved people.

ACTION’s advocacy is three-fold:

  • Resources: We promote increases to domestic spending on health, innovative finance to expand the resources available, and increases and responsible targeting of donor funding.
  • Policies: Our partners advocate for governments and their development partners to enact policies that extend primary health care services to the poorest and most marginalized and solve health worker shortages in order to achieve UHC.
  • Accountability: We evaluate how well the policies and practice of governments, donor agencies, and multilateral organizations enhance or undermine the sustainability and equity of health systems.

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