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Advocacy on Preterm Birth_Alexander_10.16.13

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  • 1. Sarah B. Alexander GAPPS, Director of External Relations Advocacy on Preterm Birth 16 October 2013 The CORE Group
  • 2. Welcome
  • 3. Political Advocacy
  • 4. Political Advocacy Objectives • Raise awareness of the global burden of the issue: • A global health issue that’s also local • Articulate the need for research: • We don’t have all the answers • Amplify call for increased funding: • More is needed for both care and research
  • 5. Working with The Hill • One-to-one visits with members of Congress • Global Health Caucus • Children’s Health Care Caucus • Group visits with partners • Global Health Technologies Coalition • Frontline Health Workers Coalition • Save the Children • Congressional briefings • Global Health Technologies Coalition • Washington Global Health Alliance
  • 6. Hill Champions House Rep. Betty McCollum Rep. Lois Capps Rep. Dave Reichert Rep. Royball-Allard Rep. Aaron Schock Rep. Mike Simpson Senate Sen. Mary Landrieu Sen. Kay Hagan Sen. Orrin Hatch Sen. Barbara Boxer
  • 7. Hill Challenges • Hyper-partisan and dysfunctional • Discretionary funding slashed • No improvement until midterm elections (maybe)
  • 8. Scientific Advocacy
  • 9. Scientific Advocacy Objectives • Articulate a scientific agenda that will yield knowledge that can lead to new and improved interventions • Bring together funders to generate excitement for research • Stimulate new and increased commitments to research funding
  • 10. Scientific Advocacy Progress • Created steering committee: BMGF, GAPPS, MOD, NICHD, WHO • Convened July 2012 meeting with funders/potential funders • Created a “solution pathway” to articulate research needed • Reconvened meeting of funders June 2013 to review “solution pathway” and next steps • Exploring concept of a Funders’ Coalition
  • 11. Questions?