Many individuals and organisations involved with eye health and VISION 2020 would claim that advocacy is an important part of their role and contribution to achieving the elimination of avoidable blindness. But what is advocacy? It means different things to different people and is shaped by local custom and process. In some languages there is no word that has the equivalent meaning and translates simply from the English use and meaning of the word. In this course speakers drew out common understanding of what being an “advocate” means and shared the learning from various success stories across the world of what tactics and approaches have been adopted to persuade decision makers to make positive policy and practice changes.
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