Top Ten Advocacy Wins for World Health Partners in 2015

By Rebecca Fishman Goldberg

With only a modest budget and a small staff, World Health Partners (WHP) has had some big wins this year. We’ve secured new funding, built new partnerships, and created more buzz and brand awareness around our mission: bring healthcare within a walkable distance in underserved communities.

 Here’s our top 10 list of advocacy wins in 2015 for WHP:


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1. We set the goal of offering eight million Kenyan women and youth essential health services over the next five years as a part of our commitment to the United Nations Every Woman Every Child platform

2. We launched the WHP Advisory Council, which brings together experts in the private sector, development, technology, and academia to guide the future direction and growth of WHP. 

3. We landed a grant from the Sundance Institute’s Stories of Change Initiative. This funding will support our efforts to prSundanceoduce new audio, video, and photo content to illustrate the impact of our work in Kenya and in India in collaboration with a renowned journalist and media creator.

4. We published four articles in the Huffington Post on World Toilet Daysocial entrepreneurshiptuberculosis, and innovative partnerships. WHP’s work was also covered in the Business Daily and by the local Kenyan press. We aim to publish more thought leadership pieces in 2016.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reading WHP’s annual report.

5. We snapped a pic of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, reading WHP’s annual report during the high-profile Call to Action Summ
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6. We promoted our work at the Skoll World Forum, events during UN General Assembly week and in East Africa, the Pneumonia Innovations Summit, and more.

7. Gopi Gopalakrishnan, WHP’s President & Founder, was selected as an Ashoka India Fellow, opening another valuable network for partnership alongside our existing network collaborations with groups like Skoll, the Center for Health Market Innovations, Innovations in Healthcare, and others.

8. We launched a new website aimed at telling our story and engaging new audiences. 

9. Officials from the Ministries of Health for Homa Bay, Siaya, and Kakamega Counties in Western Kenya offered their formal endorsement of the WHP model for delivering healthcare in underserved communities. This kind of collaboration and support is critical as we scale our work.

10. We signed an agreement with the State Innovations in Family Planning Service Agency in India to deepen our work in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

We are proud of these wins, and know they are the fruits of many of hours of work across continents and the collaborations of our teams in India, Kenya, and the United States. We are looking forward to 2016 and future collaboration and growth. 

If you are interested in learning more about any of these advocacy and partnership efforts or others, please contact me, Rebecca Fishman Goldberg, WHP Advocacy & Business Development Lead.