The Need for Sustained, Strategic Advocacy for UHC
As an inherently political goal rooted in the human right to health, progress toward UHC is not inevitable—and rarely follows a linear trajectory. Effective advocacy grounded in human rights and evidence is central to accelerating health reforms that truly benefit the poorest and most marginalized populations.
Much of what we know about effective health advocacy can be traced back to progress driven by 3 disease- or population-specific issue communities, including the global campaign to build awareness of and to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS. As we enter a new phase of UHC advocacy, we must learn from these successes while tailoring our efforts to the unique challenges that lie ahead for our movement.