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Enhancing Advocacy for Eye Care at National Levels: What Steps to Take for the Next Decade?

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Posted on January 14, 2012
Topic: Advocacy/Vision 2020
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Assuming the success of VISION2020 in the next decade will depend on intense advocacy campaigns at national levels, this review identifies some of the countries and health programs that have had fruitful advocacy efforts, to determine the factors that dictated success. The review highlights the factors of successful advocacy in two countries (Australia and Pakistan) that secured continued government support.

Common factors for successful advocacy at the national level are identified to include generation of evidence data and effective utilization of the data with an appropriate forum and media to develop a credible relationship with prominent decision makers. Aligning eye care programming to the broad health and development agendas is a useful advocacy effort. Also, a broad all-encompassing coalition of all stakeholders provides a solid platform for effective and persistent advocacy for government support of eye care.

The full success of VISION2020 will likely depend on the extent to which the World Health Assembly resolutions are implemented in each country. However, most ratifying countries have not moved forward with implementation of these resolutions.

To date, only few countries have shown consistent government support and funding for eye care pursuant to the resolutions. One of the main reasons for this may be inadequate and inappropriate advocacy for eye care at the national level.

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