book icon Key resources, advocacy guides and tools

The following is a list of important guides, toolkits and other resources you may find helpful in your advocacy efforts.

UHC Data Portal (Country Profiles)

UHC2030 | 2020

Created in conjunction with the State of the UHC Commitment review (below), this portal provides a snapshot of UHC commitments by country, divided by the UHC2030 Key Ask areas. The dashboard launched in 2020 draws on data available from 2015 to the present, aiming to set a baseline of UHC commitments in all 193 UN member states, and will be updated in future years.

State of UHC Commitment

UHC2030 | 2020

The State of Commitment to Universal Health Coverage is an annual multi-stakeholder review that began in 2020 to provide a consolidated view on the state of progress being made towards UHC at country and global levels. The review is political, country-focused and action-oriented in nature. It includes the country profiles (above) and a global synthesis report with insights from governments, civil society, and other stakeholders on the state of progress on UHC.

Universal Health Coverage Advocacy Guide

UHC2030 | 2018

This UHC2030 Advocacy Guide contains additional materials to align your advocacy with the global movement toward health for all. With examples of advocacy tactics and considerations, this resource is a natural partner to the Health for All Advocacy Toolkit.

Voice, Agency, Empowerment – Handbook on Social Participation for Universal Health Coverage

WHO | 2021

Developed by the WHO’s Social Participation Technical Network, this handbook is a resource for policymakers to improve inclusive governance. It provides practical guidance for government bodies and officials to better engage civil society and communities in health decision-making, and includes best practices for social participation.

Toolkit on Health Budget Literacy, Advocacy and Accountability for UHC

UHC2030 and PMNCH | 2021

The toolkit on health budget advocacy was developed by UHC2030 and PMNCH building on existing WHO resources on health financing and budget analysis. It can be used to design trainings and capacity-building workshops that improve civil society capacity to understand health budgets, conduct budget advocacy, and hold governments accountable.

Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere. World Health Day Advocacy Toolkit

WHO | 2018

This short guide from the WHO includes individual stories of accessing health care in various countries, which can serve as guides to stimulate conversation on UHC in your country or community.

Advocacy for Universal Health Coverage

UHC2030 and World Bank

This e-Learning course on UHC advocacy offers short online modules to learn about the essence of UHC2030 Advocacy Guide and is open to all. It includes an overview of UHC, why it matters and how you can mobilize bottom-up change at the grassroots and community level to influence national-level policies and make meaningful health system reforms.

Budget Advocacy for Health

ARASA | 2020

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is a regional partnership of NGOs that promote a human rights approach to HIV, AIDS and tuberculosis (TB). This page includes resources to increase knowledge and capacity of CSOs in southern and east Africa on domestic financing for HIV and health budget advocacy.

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Communications & Advocacy Strategy

Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 | 2019

This reference document from CSEM elaborates on the four key advocacy asks described in Part 2 of the Health for All Toolkit.

Protect the Gains, Push for Progress | (Available in multiple languages)

PITCH | 2020

PITCH was the first large-scale HIV programme to invest solely in community advocacy. This advocacy guide is primarily focused on supporting country-level HIV advocates and partners in developing an integrated UHC advocacy agenda. It explores the intersections between UHC and human rights, gender equality and HIV and concludes with discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on efforts to reach UHC and HIV global goals.

UHC Toolkit | (Also available in French)

GNP+ | 2020

On 12 December each year, we observe UHC Day and amplify calls for strong, equitable health systems that leave no one behind. This short guide from GNP+ provides suggestions on what you or your organization can do to mark UHC day, especially in the context of COVID-19.

UHC Toolkit

Rare Diseases International | 2018

Created by RDI and EURODIS, this #UHC4RareDiseases toolkit offers practical tools and social media messages that can be used to raise awareness and encourage policy makers to address rare diseases in their UHC commitments. The toolkit supports rare disease communities to urge governments to include rare diseases in national UHC strategies and essential health service packages. Also see, position paper on rare diseases and leaving no one behind.

Advocacy Planning Toolkit

IPPF | 2010

While it includes specific tools for advocacy to advance sexual and reproductive rights, this toolkit from the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) has a wealth of information on how to design and implement all types of advocacy campaigns. This includes resources on how to map the political landscape, identify the target audience, develop an advocacy campaign, and evaluate its impact. It can be used as a resource to conduct workshops and train new advocates.

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