We are thrilled to present our strategy for the period 2019-2023. Based on current trends and shifts in global health, we have sharpened our strategy and the critical issues we work on. In the coming years we will continue to work closely with partner organisations, and stay committed to striving for structural change to improve global public health, advocating the right to health for all.
Our Theory of Change is the leading guideline in our work. We build evidence by working closely with national CSOs, analysing global health policy intentions and national health outcomes. We form coalitions to strengthen our joint advocacy, to push for political will and action for policy change. While our main lobby targets are the Dutch government, EU institutions and multilateral organisations, our partner organisations advocate improvements on national and regional level.
Goals of our programmes
With our strategy we aim to achieve the three main goals of our programmes Finance for health, Human resources for health, and Access to medicines:
1. All governments should allocate sufficient (sustainable and flexible) funding to investments in a high-quality, resilient and gender-sensitive health system that is accessible to all citizens;
2. Everyone, everywhere should have access to skilled, motivated and properly supported health workers;
3. Everyone, everywhere should have access to high-quality, affordable medicines that meet their medical needs.
Improving health through a human rights approach
The human rights approach is a pivotal factor in our work and our strategy. We analyse and address the underlying reasons of health inequality and unequal power relations. This includes gender (in)equality and inclusiveness: while women make up 70% of the health sector, they are underrepresented in global health decision-making processes and debates. If we want to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is essential that we improve women’s rights as well as those of other underrepresented or marginalized groups.
Collaborations key to counter global health challenges
Recent trends and shifts in global health – like lower levels of official development assistance for health, private sector involvement, less overall funding for health and high prices of medicines – pose a potential risk to achieving UHC. We believe that collaborations with (inter)national civil society organizations are crucial when it comes to strengthening civil society and addressing these complex global health challenges.
How we can make a difference
In our strategy 2019-2023, we explain what current global trends are and the role we aim to play in the challenges ahead. By ‘connecting the dots’ and forming a binding factor between the regional, national and global level, Wemos can make lasting change, advocating national and global institutions to consolidate the universal right to health.
Download ‘Wemos Strategy for 2019-2023’