Knowledge Hub

To support reproductive health advocates across the globe, Global Doctors for Choice (GDC) has gathered resources related to advocacy with the aim of influencing policies, guidelines, and laws to improve access to care.

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and does not necessarily reflect GDC’s position.  We will continue to gather and add resources, and invite you to contact us to suggest resources.

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An introduction to advocacy: Training guide. Support for Analysis and Research in Africa (SARA Project)

Date: May 2010 Topics: Advocacy Tools    Resource Types: Trainings
This training guide aims to build basic advocacy skills and give confidence to those embarking on advocacy efforts.

Handbook for Political Analysis and Mapping

Date: 2010 Topics: Political Mapping    Resource Types: Trainings
“This IPPF handbook aims to help build organizations’ capacity to design effective advocacy projects that advance sexual and reproductive rights. … This handbook helps analyze structural and institutional features of

Physician Advocacy: What Is It and How Do We Do It?

Date: January 2010 Topics: Advocacy Case Studies    Resource Types: Publications
The authors propose a definition for and describe the spectrum of physician advocacy by using the biographies of actual physician advocates.

Women’s health and healthcare reform: The key role of comprehensive reproductive health care

Date: June 2009 Topics: Advocacy Case Studies    Resource Types: Publications
Dr. Wendy Chavkin, article co-author and GDC co-founder, makes a scientific, data-driven case that reproductive health is a key determinant of women’s overall health and thus that the treatments and

Now hear this: The nine laws of successful advocacy communications

Date: 2009 Topics: Communicating about SRHR    Resource Types: Trainings
This guide offers a way of thinking about communication campaigns from a strategic marketing and communications perspective.

Evidence and Healthy Public Policy: Insights from Health and Political Sciences

Date: June 2008 Topics: SRH Education    Resource Types: Publications
“Policy makers are often challenged when producing public policy to consider the role of evidence, especially scientific evidence. … The report focuses on two linked questions: what constitutes evidence in

Scientists Tell Pelosi: No More Ab-only Funding

Date: November 2007 Topics: Communicating about SRHR    Resource Types: Publications
“Ten leading scientists send an open letter to Congress urging them to discontinue funding for failed abstinence-only programs and offering to advise Congress on an alternative.”

Women’s Health and the FDA

Date: October 2005 Topics: Advocacy Case Studies    Resource Types: Publications
The former U.S. FDA assistant commissioner for women’s health discusses her decision to step down after the FDA’s lack of action on changing emergency contraception to a nonprescription status.

Advocacy for public health: a primer

Date: 2004 Topics: Advocacy Case Studies    Resource Types: Trainings
This toolkit offers questions to consider and a case study to help physicians engage in political advocacy.

Public Health Advocacy

Date: August 2003 Topics: Advocacy Case Studies    Resource Types: Publications
In this brief editorial, the author explains the need for public health advocacy.

Advocating for access to safe reproductive health care.