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Course Overview

This hands-on course will prepare you to overcome the challenges associated with alliance building within the global health sector. Using The Global Polio Eradication Initiative as a case study, you’ll address the themes of political advocacy, policymaking, health communications and wider community engagement.

You’ll gain an in-depth look at the process of alliance building using The Global Polio Eradication Initiative; an exemplar of global partnerships between UN agencies, the private sector, non-governmental actors, civil society organisations and local communities.

  • Building global alliances and engaging national governments
  • Policy, process, stakeholders, and context for vaccination programs and eradication
  • Policy engagement in conflict settings
  • Health communications and behavior change
  • Community engagement and social mobilization
  • Applying lessons from polio eradication to non-polio efforts

This course is designed for people working or aspiring to work on global infectious disease control programmes. It is suitable for people working in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), ministries of health, public health agencies, international organisations, healthcare systems, and academic institutions.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Discuss the value of and best practices for building alliances
  • Identify and engage a wide variety of stakeholders in the policy and planning processes
  • Apply communication and health behavior change strategies to disease eradication programs
  • Reflect upon and apply the lessons learned from the polio eradication effort