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Partnerships Are Necessary To Improve Global Health

Writing in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” as part of a series on the agency’s activities in global health, Hope Randall, child health communications associate at PATH, discusses the importance of partnership and integration and says “one of the most exciting partnership activities was the recent global [non-governmental organization (NGO)] response to the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD).” She continues, “More than 100 NGOs with diverse focus areas and geographies supported this integrated approach by signing onto a community statement and more than 40 global leaders and experts in the field lent their voices to the effort,” some through a social media campaign. Randall concludes, “For the Global Action Plan to truly be actionable, partnership efforts must cascade to the local level. That’s why PATH and World Vision developed a toolkit to enhance the efforts of our colleagues advocating for change at the national, subnational, and community levels. From conception to implementation, partnerships are taking the movement forward” (5/15).