Dedicated advocacy is important to building support for a comprehensive and integrated approach to prevent and control typhoid. Advocacy helps generate the political will necessary to ensure resources and policies are in place to protect families and communities from disease and to provide diagnosis and treatment when appropriate. Collaborative advocacy among typhoid stakeholders—in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), vaccine solutions, and child health—is needed to prioritize typhoid on global, regional, national, and local agendas.
Everyone has a role to play in advocacy—from program managers, researchers, and scientists to pediatricians and health care workers. Key decision-makers must understand the diseases that impact their constituents, and citizens have a role in holding decision-makers accountable for policies and budgets that adequately prioritize typhoid prevention and control.
Advocacy can take many approaches: stakeholders can work as an organization, as a coalition, and at times in partnership with government leaders to ensure that action is taken to protect against typhoid.
The advocacy resources below are designed for anyone who wants to advocate for the prioritization of typhoid prevention and control tools, including introduction of typhoid conjugate vaccines, improved WASH programs, and updated policies and budgets. The documents provide information to assess the current situation, messages and tools to reach key decision-makers, and potential tactics for advocacy and for holding leaders accountable.
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