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Advocacy Efforts and Current Laws - How Existing Laws or Regulations Could Affect Your Advocacy Efforts

Explain whether your proposed policy could be enacted through a modification of existing law or regulation or the creation of new legislation/regulation.

Explain how existing laws or regulations could affect your advocacy efforts.

Be sure to cite and reference the laws and regulations using primary sources.
Provide an analysis of the methods you could use to influence legislators or other policymakers to support your policy.

In particular, explain how you would use the “three legs” of lobbying in your advocacy efforts.


Summarize obstacles that could arise in the legislative process and how to overcome these hurdles.

Proposed Policy Laws

Advocacy operates in the realm of social, political and individual works and levels. The objective is to mobilize resources, social and political commitment to the changes in policies, laws, and systems (Keck & Sikkink, 2014).

[blur] The aim of Malaria advocacy campaign is to create an enabling environment to ask for more resources, remove barriers to the implementation of policies and encourage allocation of resources to this initiative. In the current legal and policy regime, the proposed malaria policy could be enacted through the creation of new legislation. The legal framework in the USA does have laws that create an enabling environment to carry out diseases advocacy for the communities who are not located in the country. [/blur]

[blur] The new legislations should facilitate mobilization of resources for malaria. It should be categorized as one of a threat to life to the global community. It would also create ACT recognition by those in authority. This recognition would qualify the malaria campaign to be the beneficiary of federal advocacy funds.  The intervention of federal government would bring all stakeholders on board to seek ways in which the issue of malaria can be better addressed in Africa and other regions around the world. The gap in the law creates a ‘black hole’ where malaria advocates in the country act without much federal intervention which limits the resources they can mobilize and the extent to which the donor community receives the campaign. [/blur]

Advocacy Efforts and Current Laws

[blur] The United States Code 48 CFR 1609.7001 (c) (7) of ‘Minimum standards for health benefits carriers’ requires the health workers, provides, or the health plan that sponsors the advocacy campaign to ensure that they do not discuss treatment option that would not be considered ordinarily in their normal course of action (Pope, 2010). This is particularly regarding treatment options whose sharing the information is inconsistent with professional ethics, judgments, moral or the religious beliefs.

[blur] The ‘NO MORE MALARIA TOLERANCE’ campaign advocates for the use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) in dealing with malaria especially the P. falciparum malaria. The organization and individuals that will sponsor this campaign will be required (under the above code) to ensure that they do not elaborate on details the way in which the ACT drugs work in treating malaria. These donors should only address the issue of malaria treatment in general and will be required not to discuss the details concerning the drugs that they will use, the information that cannot disclose ordinarily. [/blur]

Methods of Influencing Policy Makers

[blur] The success of the malaria advocacy campaign will rely on three legs of advocacy: grassroots, media, and lobbying (Cuenca-Carlino & Mustian, 2013). The first step will be to organize dissemination and malaria campaign awareness among the grassroots people. The grassroots advocacy is important because it will make it easier to create a network of supporters, it will educate and empower major constituents and it will allow unfiltered communication with the audiences. On addition, legislators usually listen to their constituents and as such having a grassroots support will help in dealing with political class [/blur]

[blur] Having a solid grassroots campaign will include tapping into the ability grassroots members to pass messages to the community and can mobilize financial support from the community. Working together with the lobbying groups and media will help to lead to an effective change in the malaria campaign and perception. To influence legislators and other policymakers, the grassroots members will play a critical role. [/blur]

[blur] The campaign will aim at educating the constituents and help in using them to pressurize the lobby groups and legislators into embracing the malaria campaign. Reaching the media, grassroots and lobby groups will be the success factor in the entire campaign because media will ensure the public is informed and thus more financial support. The lobby groups will help in dealing with legislators and policy makers, and the grassroots members will form the backbone of the campaign where they will play a key role in reaching out to other stakeholders. [/blur]

Obstacles in the Legislative Process

[blur] The major challenge that would arise is the lack of sufficient information and support that would allow the legislative process to get the necessary support. Malaria is not as prevalent in the country as it is in Africa, which would create a misconception among the lobby groups and legislators concerning its seriousness. In order to overcome this, the campaign would ensure that it has provided the information through or platforms including print, online and word of mouth to make sure that all the information and statistics regarding, malaria in African and ways of addressing. [/blur]

[blur] Another challenge would be getting the required resources to support the legislative process. Legislative process requires considerable resources to reach the grassroots community and lobby members who will push legislations through. To overcome this hurdle the advocacy campaign will seek to partner with health care organizations and institutions as well as the other health care advocacy groups. This partnership will provide not only the required resources but also will help in dissemination of the information. [/blur]

References

Cuenca-Carlino, Y., & Mustian, A. L. (2013). Self-regulated strategy development: Connecting persuasive writing to self-advocacy for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Behavioral Disorders, 3-15.

Keck, M. E., & Sikkink, K. (2014). Activists beyond borders: Advocacy networks in international politics. Cornell University Press.

Pope, T. M. (2010). Legal briefing: conscience clauses and conscientious refusal. Journal of Clinical Ethics21(2), 163-76.

Advocacy Efforts and Current Laws - How Existing Laws or Regulations Could Affect Your Advocacy Efforts

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