Policy & Advocacy

When it comes to tackling enduring—and new—global health challenges, health workers are at the center of the response. And evidence and advocacy are among our most powerful tools. We put data to work when we partner with governments, civil society organizations, and US and global policy-makers to ensure health policies are effective, equitable, and driven by the most up-to-date evidence available. It’s how we support frontline health workers and promote lasting, systemic change for health systems around the world. 

Our work goes above and beyond educating and raising awareness to influence the practices and behaviors of policy- and other decision-makers to effect lasting impact in global health. Our key approaches include:

  • Analyzing and developing national policies, guidelines, and protocols for health workers, services, and systems
  • Applying health workforce and systems data for advocacy and policy-making
  • Amplifying the voices of citizens by building the capacity of civil society groups in advocacy
  • Professionalizing community health workers and frontline teams
  • Promoting gender equality in the health workforce
  • Building and leading multi-stakeholders coalitions around priority policy issues
  • Promoting sound investments by donor agencies and the private sector in health systems, the health workforce, and other global health priorities

Selected Achievements

Helped Uganda add over 7,200 new health workers to its health system by helping the health sector use powerful health workforce data to advocate for greater funding from the Uganda Parliament.
Helped build and lead powerful coalitions for health workforce advocacy, including the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, Safeguarding Health in Conflict, and more.
Helped the government of Senegal demonstrate that nurses could successfully and safely administer long acting and reversible contraceptives, leading to a task-sharing policy authorizing nurses in rural facilities to provide these services.
Contributed—through work in policy, decentralization, education and training, and community-based care—to a dramatic rise in use of modern contraception in Rwanda, from 4% in 2005 to 27% in 2007-2008.
Demonstrated in a pilot study that auxiliary midwives called matrones, can safely and effectively perform active management of third stage of labor (AMTSL). IntraHealth helped Mali update its national policies and procedures accordingly.
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