Advocacy and communications
No other health tool has been as cost-effective and successful at saving lives as vaccines, particularly among children. But many people in developing countries still lack access to vaccines. Evidence-based advocacy—an effort to shape policy and influence decision-makers—and communication efforts are critical components in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases.
PATH and its partners work to ensure that people everywhere have access to affordable, effective vaccines, giving them the opportunity to raise healthy families and build thriving communities. Visit PATH’s advocacy workbook to learn more about its work to create a policy environment that supports good health, which includes stories about its work on vaccines and immunization advocacy.
Role(s) of Vaccines and Immunization Programs in Global Disease Control: Mind the Nitty-Gritty Details (2011)
A report that focuses on the complex concepts that are the foundations of global and national "expert group" recommendations for childhood vaccines.
The Next Decade of Vaccines: Societal and Scientific Challenges (2011)
An article that aims to provide a deeper understanding of factors that threaten to compromise realization of the public health gains that immunization can achieve.
Featured PATH resources
10 Tips for Successful Malaria Vaccine Advocacy (2012)
A booklet that presents advocacy tips to help ensure that policymakers can make timely and informed decisions when the first malaria vaccine becomes available for use.
Advocacy to Improve Global Health: Strategies and Stories From the Field (2009)
A workbook that provides examples of how PATH uses ten key steps for strategic advocacy to achieve lasting policy change, including examples of PATH's advovacy work on vaccines and immunization.
Page last updated: November 2012.