Useful resources for advocacy
An introduction to advocacy: training guide by Ritu R Sharma. This training guide introduces the concept of advocacy and provides a framework for developing an advocacy campaign. The guide is designed for a workshop setting, but can also be used as a self-teaching device. Available for free download. www.globalhealthcommunication.org/tools/15
The how and why of advocacy by BOND (British Overseas NGOs for Development). Provides good information on advocacy aimed at producing policy change. Available free of charge from the website www.bond.org.uk/pubs/index.html or directly from the supplier: BOND, Regent’s Wharf, 8 All Saint’s Street, London N1 9RL, UK.
Environmental toolkit for advocacy by the Environmental Law Institute. Although this detailed 111-page book is focused on environmental advocacy, many of the same principles can be applied to advocacy for eye health. Available for free download and copying in low- and middle-income countries. www.eli.org/pdf/africa/Advocacy_Tools_Handbook_Final_Revised.pdf
PROFILES nutrition advocacy. For more information, write to Academy for Educational Development, Global Health, Population, and Nutrition Group, 1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20009, USA. Visit www.aedprofiles.org or email PROFILES@aed.org
The advocacy institute of the institute for Sustainable Communities. Visit www.advocacy.org
National and international
Blindness, poverty and development by IAPB. Download from www.v2020.org (under ‘Publications’) or write to LV Prasad Eye Institute, LV Prasad Marg Banjara Hills, Hyderabad 500 034, India.
Poverty Strategy Reduction Papers (PRSPs). Read more on www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/prsp.htm
Country Cooperation Strategies (CCSs). Read more on www.who.int/countryfocus/cooperation_strategy/en/
Millennium Development Goals. Read more on www.undp.org/mdg/basics.shtml
WHO information Sheet on Gender and Blindness, 2002. www.who.int/gender/other_health/en/genderblind.pdf
Previous Community Eye Health Journal articles
Increasing uptake of eye services by women. Vol 19, Issue 60, 59–60.
Gender and blindness: eye disease and the use of eye care service. Volume 16, Issue 45, 11–12.