PPPR Advocacy 101: Find out what it means to you

March 28, 2023

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Over the coming months, global leaders will make key decisions about several initiatives to prepare for the next pandemic. What they commit to and how much they will spend, and how well these plans incorporate equity as a principle across all of these agreements, is in question.

Deadlines for civil society to influence these decisions are coming up. There’s a Pandemic Fund. There’s a Pandemic Accord. There are UN High-Level Meetings. There’s also something called the Medical Countermeasures, or MCM, platform. The MCM platform would coordinate drugs, vaccines and other equipment for health emergencies.

In our last podcast, we spoke with Chris Collins, President of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, TB and Malaria about all these efforts. Ultimately, these decisions will build a new architecture for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response, or PPPR.

Chris and the HIV community have been calling for stronger health systems and expanded domestic funding for health, and have been pushing for a rights-based approach to pandemic prevention, preparedness and response—one that builds on the decades of advocacy that has shaped the response to HIV.

But it’s not clear whether planning for the next pandemic is heeding these lessons.

Karrar Karrar, who heads up Health Policy at Save the Children, and Samantha Rick, who leads AVAC’s PPPR policy advocacy, have been tracking these efforts closely. They are joining us today to explain exactly what commitments for equity are needed and who needs to hear this advocacy and when.