Government Relations & Advocacy

Living Goods advocates globally and nationally for strong community-based primary health care by partnering with governments, civil society organizations, private sector partners, and academic institutions.

Our partnerships help us advocate for increased access to high-quality health care, improve the diagnostics and treatments communities can access, and reduce costs—all while enabling more timely and convenient care for pregnant women and sick children, and scaling up access to other critical services such as family planning.

How do we do it

  • We work with governments, donors, and the private sector to increase financial resources allocated for primary health care, with a more concentrated focus on the community level.
  • We connect with like-minded partners through coalitions and campaigns that promote a collective goal for community health within the larger UHC agenda.
  • We partner with governments at national and local levels as well as multilateral institutions to champion the widespread adoption of effective policies, procedures, and strategies that improve the quality, efficiency, reach, and scope of health at the community level.
  • We help amplify the voices of community health workers by supporting them to advocate within their own countries, so they become digitally empowered, remunerated, supervised, and equipped with the right tools and resources to do their jobs.

Our Advocacy Partners

Government Relations and Advocacy in

Kenya

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Uganda

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Global Advocacy

Our Campaign for UHC

Amref Health Africa, Aspen Management for Health, Financing Alliance for Health, the International Rescue Committee, Last Mile Health, and Living Goods launched the Communities at the Heart of Universal Health Coverage campaign at the UN General Assembly in 2018. These partners are part of a larger movement that includes UHC2030, donors, and country leaders, all working to elevate the dialogue on community health programs globally and to advocate for funding through domestic resources and international assistance.

The year-long global campaign aims to generate political will and commitment. We want to ensure that government-owned, integrated, financially sustainable, and high-quality community health programs are included in national universal health coverage (UHC) strategies. The campaign also aims to support and encourage national governments to include community-based primary care indicators in the country reports that will be delivered at the 2019 UN High-Level Meeting on UHC. We encourage countries to tie their vision for community health to the broader health system, using a framework that measures access to life-saving care for women and children and a plan for equity that ensures community health is affordable and accessible to all.

Join us as we put communities at the heart of UHC!

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The Latest

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Raising My Voice for Community Health at the World Health Assembly

In my community in Uganda, childhood disease is a big problem. It is a problem I used to come face-to-face with every week at my church where I would continuously see child after child come in malnourished and sick. Witnessing this, I knew I had to do something, anything to help.

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Building Momentum toward UHC at AHAIC

In early March, more than 1,500 health stakeholders from around Africa met in Kigali, Rwanda for the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC), the largest…

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Engaging Policymakers to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage

For more than 70 years, the movement to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) has been about advancing the fundamental human right every person has to a healthy…

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This World Health Worker Week, Let’s Celebrate Community Health Workers

This World Health Worker Week, Living Goods is celebrating the accomplishments of community health workers (CHWs) around the world! An essential part of the primary…

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You Can’t Have Universal Health Coverage Without the Community

UHC is the acronym du jour – everyone is talking about how to achieve universal health coverage. But, it’s no surprise that there’s no simple…

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