ZAN Evidence Based Advocacy Manual
Advocacy by CSOs representing people living with and affected by HIV, marginalized and key populations, has been critical to the progress made in the response to HIV. Advocacy has; mobilized financial resources; enabled communities to participate in designing health services that meet their needs; raises awareness of the issues and leverages community power and political will to drive action and innovation. CSO advocacy is a significant force for a more equitable scale-up of effective HIV and health programming.
ZAN works on a broad range of health issues, with a focus on access to quality health care services; premised on rights-based approaches, and believes that the Government of Zimbabwe should play a leading role in realising the right to health for all. The network provides a unique coordinating and convening role, mobilising health advocates and CSOs working towards a common agenda to hold government, institutions and stakeholders accountable. It is important that civil society actors engage in advocacy to influence government, cooperating partners and policy makers to increase commitment towards financing for health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), HIV and AIDS at both local and national level. With this, ZAN provides a vital platform for dialogue between communities, civil society and the government.