Principle four: Facilitate collaboration
You facilitate collaboration between key stakeholders to advance viral hepatitis elimination efforts.
You engage with key communities to share content, resources and best practices that could improve wider viral hepatitis elimination efforts – entering into meaningful partnerships to share and advance the NOhep principles.
Working together with key stakeholders – namely civil society groups and patient organisations – is an efficient way to achieve a common goal: the elimination of viral hepatitis.
Civil society groups and patient organisations are powerful change agents in the fight to eliminate viral hepatitis. Collaboration with such groups represents an ideal opportunity to share best practice, knowledge, and lessons from other settings, all of which are key tenets to local and global change. Civil society groups and patient organisations typically have clear and realistic objectives, use resources wisely, have good relationships with funders, and know how to secure media coverage. Through sharing your insights and expertise with such groups, you can create shared value and strengthen elimination efforts, with the added benefits of wider exposure, contacts and resources. Most groups welcome medical professionals to ensure the board has a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge.
Here are three quick steps to get started:
- Search for civil society groups and patient organisations in your area and make contact to offer support. Many may already have projects underway that will benefit from your collaboration. You can use the World Hepatitis Alliance’s member page to find patient groups in your country.
- Develop a relevant case study from your clinical practice (of a new initiative or best practice example) to share or present at the next available opportunity.
- Consider how collaborating with a civil society group or patient organisation could help your practice to do more.
Stacey Trooskin, MD, PhD, MPH – Launching a provider advocacy network
Other resources to help
Engage others using the Engaging stakeholder communities guide, a ‘how to’ guide to engaging with wider stakeholder communities such as patient groups, the public, civil society groups, and political and funding decision-makers; designed to enable a more focused discussion with each various stakeholder type.
Dr Saeed Hamid
Recognising the pivotal role healthcare practitioners play in raising awareness of viral hepatitis and scaling-up diagnosis and treatment, Dr Saeed Hamid embarked on a series of activities to engage them in the fight against viral hepatitis. His key project goes into communities to educate general practitioners on viral hepatitis and screening over four weeks.Read the full case study
Advocacy and collaborative working
Doctors/healthcare workers and patients working together as combined voices, results in powerful advocacy that is harder for politicians to ignore.
Real experiences of seeking funding
Unfortunately, hepatitis is a neglected disease and there is not as much funding as other diseases. Funding can be hard to find. A lot of work is done without funding but as groups carrying on working and advocating, they can attract funding and have access to funding