Advocacy for Resource Mobilization
What is advocacy and when is it needed?
Advocacy is, in general terms, working with individuals, groups and institutions to bring about change in policies, laws and/or practices for the betterment of those affected by a given issue.
Within a public health approach to hepatitis C, one might advocate to:
- Mobilize resources for the hepatitis response in a given population/country/region
- Secure broader or general screening programs for a population/country/region
- See more efficient models of care amenable to scale-up implemented in a given country/region
What you ask of these people, groups and institutions will be defined by your analysis of the context, and how you and/or your organization are situated within it.
Building a case for elimination using a Health Economics tool
The cost of diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C has fallen dramatically, but for a health system, the costs still add up. However, the cost of not diagnosing and treating are much higher. Click on “Calculate” to see a tool which uses known values for many countries to show the cost of early and late treatment. You can also put in the costs of your particular programme to see how the budget implications change.
Budgeting the Project
A beta version of a hepatitis C project costing tool can be downloaded from the link below. It contains the line items that are common to many hepatitis C testing and care programmes, and can be customised for any programme. Look at comments on a field for additional usage hints.
This costing tool can calculate the costs for your project according to the number of PRC tests done by the project, or according to the number of persons treated. All aspects — prevalence, conversion to chronic, cost of consumables and services — can be filled in for your context.