Case Studies

Global Doctors for Choice (GDC) has created a series of case studies as part of our ongoing efforts to create reproductive health advocacy education tools for physicians. These case studies have been used in our physician-advocacy training workshops to improve participants’ effective advocacy skills. They can be used and adapted as training tools in a variety of settings.


This advocacy case study is based on the fictitious Latin American country of Otrobalia. Participants practice the components of advocacy by familiarizing themselves with the history, culture, demographics, and socio-political climate of Otrobalia, and then engaging in a series of exercises that enable them to map Otrobalia’s political situation and its players, define short- and long-term advocacy goals, choose collaborators, design an effective messaging strategy from a public health, evidence-based perspective, and map out an advocacy campaign.

The Karla Case

This real-life case examines the mental health impact of the forced continuation of pregnancy in the Colombian context. Produced by GDC/Colombia (Grupo Médico por el Derecho a Decidir.)

Additional case studies from GDC/Colombia (Grupo Médico por el Derecho a Decidir) can be found here.

Z vs Poland

This advocacy case study describes a real-life case in Poland in which a pregnant woman with ulcerative colitis died as a result of being denied access to comprehensive medical care because her doctors were afraid of harming the fetus she was carrying. The case study provides background on the history and reproductive health indicators of Poland, the main stakeholders involved in reproductive health in the country, and the details of the lawsuit brought before the European Court of Human Rights in 2008. Participants are invited to perform an analysis on the advocacy strategy used in this case by the key stakeholders and to develop their own strategies for persuading the Court based on the information provided.

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