National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy
Ensuring Citizens' Voice in Governance
National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy
Ensuring Citizens' Voice in Governance
National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy
Ensuring Citizens' Voice in Governance

Access to Health

Coordination Meeting of National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy and Provincial Advocacy Committees (PACs)

Introduction

A coordination meeting of National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) and Provincial Advocacy Committees (PACs) was held on June 25, 2018, at APPRO main office, Kabul. The objective of the meeting was to report progress on advocacy efforts at the national and provincial level as well as coordinating and prioritizing future advocacy issues to be carried out at the national level. In this meeting the National Advocacy Committee (NAC-PP) and provincial Advocacy Committees (PACs) presented and discussed their annual advocacy activities.

The event was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), Secretariat of NAC-PP, following the advocacy meetings carried out by National Advocacy Committee at the national level with ministries of education and health.

The event was sequenced as follow:

  • Opening
  • Presentation of NAC-PP mandates, vision, mission, and structure
  • Presentation of NAC-PP achievements to date and ways forward
  • Presentation of the Balkh advocacy committee
  • Presentation of the Takhar advocacy Committee
  • Presentation of the Daikundi advocacy committee
  • Presentation of the Nangarhar advocacy committee
  • Presentation of the Herat advocacy committee
  • Group work for identifying problems that need for advocacy with relevant government organs in national level

The full report of the event and its proceedings is available here

May 2, 2018: Follow-up Advocacy Meeting with Ministry of Public Health

On May 2, 2018 National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) representatives met with representatives of the Ministry of Public Health in Kabul to discuss progress on addressing issues shared during the advocacy event held on February 20, 2018.

The meeting was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO) as the secretariat of NAP-CC, and attended by the following National Advocacy Committee members: Shuhada organization, Support for Vulnerable People Organization (SVPO), Afghanistan Cultural Association Joint Jerga (ACAJJ), Humanitarian Assistance for the Women and Children of Afghanistan (HAWCA), Equality for Peace and Democracy(EPD), Mehr Advocacy and Human Rights Organization(MAHO), Afghan Amputee Bicyclists for Rehabilitation and Recreation (AABRAR), Nawed Naw Organization and War Child Canada.

On February 20,  NAC-PP, and the Provincial Advocacies Committee (PACs) Provincial Councils, Directorates of Public Health and Education from Balkh, Takhar, Daikundi, Herat, had discussed the following issues with the Ministry of Public Health:

  • Shortage of specialized hospitals and services
  • Insufficient maternal care services
  •  Shortage of female doctors
  • Import of low-quality medicine and shortage of medicine in public hospitals
  •  Lack of addiction treatment centers

On May 2, the Director of the Department of Planning and Legislation of the Ministry of Public Health updated NAC-PP members on progress and initiatives taken to address the above issues.

A full report of the event and its proceedings is available here.

 

Advocacy Meeting With the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Finance

On February 20, 2018 an advocacy event was held  in Kabul with Ministries of Public Health, Education and Finance. The objective of the event was to share with national level institution specific issues  related to the health and education sectors identified by the Provincial Advocacies Committee (PACs) and National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) in Balkh, Takhar, Nangarhar, Herat and Daikundi provinces.

This coordination event was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Organization (APPRO) as the Secretariat, of NAC-PP, Peace Training and Research Organization (PTRO) and Oxfam.

73  participants attended the event, including NAC-PP members, PAC members from Balkh, Takhar, Daikundi, Nangarhar, and Herat provinces; Provincial Councils members, provincial officials of the health and education directorates, the Director of Strategic Planning and Action of Ministry of Education, the head of the Press Department of the Ministry of Education, the head of the Provincial Budgeting Department of the Ministry of Finance, Parliament member from Takhar province, the Senior Advisor to the President in Conflict Resolution, and media.

The event was sequenced as follows:

  1. Opening statement.
  2. Progress report on Citizen-State project activities and their relevance.
  3. Presentation of advocacy requests and recommendations for the health and education sectors.
  4. Responses and positions of Ministries of Public health, Education and Finance regarding the advocacy issues presented by provincial advocacy committees (PACs)
  5. Speech by the Senior Advisor to the President in Conflict Resolution regarding the presented advocacy issues.

The full report of the event and its proceedings is available here.