Save the Children’s advocacy framework is based on its extensive experience advocating for the rights of children and is directed at central and state governments. Advocacy for Stop Diarrhoea Initiative aims to ensure the government’s existing and new commitments towards diarrhoea prevention and control result in the implementation and promotion of the WHO/UNICEF 7 point plan. Broadly, this means to advocate for the alignment of government policies with this agenda and Save the Children’s broader priorities.
Specifically, Save the Children emphases on:
- Identifying and advocating on gaps, identified in policies and plans, to relevant ministry departments, and on the findings of the policy analysis activity undertaken during the inception phase. Areas needing immediate advocacy have been prioritised and developed into policy briefs for advocacy to policy makers and the legislature.
- Developing policy briefs on the 7 point plan. These policy briefs have been developed based on evidence generated from the policy analysis report, baseline report, environmental scan and situational analysis. These briefs have been tailored specifically to our ‘asks’ on aspects of the 7 point plan.
- Conducting annual pre-budget advocacy meetings with State Governments for adequate resource allocation for diarrhoea prevention and control.
- Engaging State legislators at the legislative stage of the budget development using various public platforms.
- Advocacy with Governments for appropriate budget allocation and expenditures to implement quality health care and WASH services, including the 7 point plan and particularly for human resources.
- Advocacy with the government to fast track the introduction of the roll-out of the rotavirus vaccine in this programme and also to ensure the availability of functional cold chain equipment in all programme implementation areas.
- Developing cross-sectoral working groups, on Health and WASH, and convening meetings with this group. This platform is used as an opportunity to advocate for strengthening and facilitating the service delivery components of the 7 point plan.
- Save the Children has set-up a Technical Advisory Group (TAG), with clearly defined objectives to oversee the programme implementation. In addition to playing an advisory role for the programme, the TAG is critical in ensuring coordination and partnership with national and state government. The TAG led by Professor Indira Chakravarty, the former Director of the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, comprises representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Urban Development, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases, , Global Sanitation Fund, Water Aid, Pedicon, WHO, and International Clinical Epidemiology Network.
- Tracking and monitoring budget implementation in programmatic areas to ensure that the poorest and marginalised communities needs are prioritised.
- Conducting community and social mobilisation to raise community awareness and demand for quality services and accountability from policy makers.
Primarily, Save the Children advocates with various ministries including the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the Ministry of Food Supplies and Distribution, the Ministry of Trade and Commerce, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and other key development partners.