Advocacy in Action Symposium in Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia
May 12, 2014


On the second day of the WFH 2014 World Congress, 130 patients with bleeding disorders and medical professionals gathered for an Advocacy in Action Symposium. The event aimed at providing participants with an opportunity to exchange experiences while sharing examples of successful advocacy campaigns along with potential obstacles and methods of overcoming these. The cases of Mexico, Poland, and Jordan were presented and discussed. 

The symposium included an overview of various components of the Advocacy in Action Program, equipping attendees with knowledge on how to apply for an advocacy project grant and enhancing participants’ understanding of the guiding principles of good advocacy, all while recognizing the contribution of the Program’s sponsor (Baxter). 

The event provided an opportunity for the attendees to learn from each other, exchange advocacy experiences, challenges, and best practices. Participants were eager to take part in the session as they found it useful and relevant to hear from other organizations that are facing similar situations in their countries on how to ensure that advocacy efforts of the NMOs and the medical community are successful.

In order to further motivate participants to continue or start advocacy activities and to exchange experiences with other NMOs, a brochure, with information on the program, the event and ten successful advocacy cases, was offered to all the attendees.

The WFH plans on pursuing such focused interactions among the NMOs and the medical community.

Updated May 2015