SUPPORT-SYSTEMS (73) Q3 Examples of civil society organisations and health policymaking (15) Q5 How can we support CSO participation in health policy processes? (5)

3 June, 2022

[In response to: Unni "do examples [of CSOs] come to mind that demonstrate promising practices that have created greater space for including experiences/views/preferences of the public when forming health policy?" ]

Yes, We have. I have already sent two 1. Professional Associations (Ouriques Martins SC, Lavados P, Leite Secchi, et al. Fighting Against Stroke in Latin America: A Joint Effort of Medical Professional Societies and Governments. Front Neurol. 2021; 12: 743732. Published online 2021 Oct 1. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2021.743732) and 2. Group of Stakeholders-Urban Health- (Diez Roux AV, Slesinki SC, Alazraqui M, et al. A Novel International Partnership for Actionable Evidence on Urban Health in Latin America: LAC‐Urban Health and SALURBAL. Glob Chall. 2019 Apr; 3(4): 1800013. doi: 10.1002/gch2.20180001)

The Urban Health Project's aims and approach were developed through an extensive participatory process, including an in-person workshop and subsequent electronic communications that brought together experts in epidemiology, medicine, urban planning and transportation, nutrition, physical activity, environmental and occupational health, sociology, politics, and economics from across the region.

However, if you focus on civil society organizations - formal or informal - including experiences/views/preferences of the public - the scope for the region will be wider, in the sense that you should have to portray intercultural health approaches (A; B) and Judicialization and Health Policy (C). I will send you examples of that:

A. Sarmiento I, Zuluaga G et al. Bridging Western and Indigenous knowledge through intercultural dialogue: lessons from participatory research in Mexico. BMJ Glob Health. 2020 Sep;5(9):e002488. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002488.

B. Llamas A, Mayhew S."Five hundred years of medicine gone to waste"? Negotiating the implementation of an intercultural health policy in the Ecuadorian Andes. BMC Public Health. 2018 Jun 4;18(1):686. doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5601-8.

C. Hawkins B, Rosete AA Judicialization and Health Policy in Colombia: The Implications for Evidence-Informed Policymaking. Policy Studies Journal 2019;47(4):953-977


María Eugenia.

HIFA profile: Maria Eugenia Aponte-Rueda is a Breast Surgeon and Ph.D. working at the Venezuelan Breast Cancer Research and Education Foundation. She is a member of the HIFA working group on SUPPORT-SYSTEMS - How can decision-making processes for health systems strengthening and universal health coverage be made more inclusive, responsive and accountable?

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