Now that we have a firm grasp on what advocacy is, let’s put it in the context of breast cancer – and more specifically, within the framework of South Africa and its absence of a breast health policy, what the consequences of this are and how an equitable and effective breast health policy would change lives – and save lives.
Let’s take UNICEF’s definition of advocacy and fit it into ABC’s framework:
“Advocacy is the deliberate process, based on demonstrated evidence, to directly and indirectly influence decision makers (i.e. government), stakeholders (i.e. pharmaceutical companies) and relevant audiences to support and implement actions that contribute to the fulfilment of people receiving breast cancer treatment and survivors’ rights: accessible and equitable care, treatment and support.”
Below are just some of the current consequences of not having a breast health policy in place – most especially for the people receiving breast cancer treatment within our…
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