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Work Plan

This document outlines the proposed activities and initiatives that the Executive Board of GCVSI plans to deliver in 2024-2030. The Work Plan (the Plan) presents our proposed activities under Activity areas linked to sub-headings. Our intention is for the Plan to be an integrated document and an opportunity for GCVSI to develop working and collaborative relationships with all relevant stakeholders in achieving our aims

Our Committed Goal

To act as a foremost non-governmental organization enhancing the voice and protecting the dignity and rights of the underserved communities and vulnerable populations (Older Adults, homeless people, refugees, and victims of Gender-based violence), through effective stakeholder engagement, health and social policy development, research, and project implementation which includes health promotion and education, disease prevention, and citizen-led actions. GCVSI’s core mission lies in making a case for health and social service disparities which are more prominent than ever, following increasing inequalities in socio-economic status.

GCVSI is making significant cases and advocacy while addressing the growing marginalization and discrimination between high-income and low-income families and among different demographic populations. The burden of poor health and social outcomes continues to fall disproportionately on lower-income families and the most vulnerable (Older adults, homeless people, refugees, and victims of gender-based violence). The resulting social and economic insecurity is rapidly translating into an increasing gap between the rich and the poor within various communities in accessing the necessary health and social service opportunities to develop resilience in the face of any stress agents.

  1. More significant equity in the health and social inclusion of Older Adults, homeless people, refugees, and victims of gender-based violence, in a given population;
  2. Effective collaboration and partnerships to produce optimal and equitable health and social outcomes;
  3. Improving accessible, evidence-based knowledge and practical experience in health and social inclusion of the underserved population through health promotion and education, disease prevention, and direct provision of health and social services as well as socio-economic empowerment;
  4. Excellence in policy and practice for effective, quality health and social inclusion programs;
  5. Adopt high-capacity level lobbying of Individuals, organizations, and policymakers to promote health and social inclusion activities.

Eye-Opening Realities & A Call for Action

Our guiding principles have proven effective with international, regional, and national health and social inclusion policies, citing the unprecedented increase and projections in the ageing population. According to the World Health Organization, “Before 2015, the population of Older Persons will double from 12.5 to 22.7 by 2050.” Another finding states that “Between 2017 and 2050, the number of older persons in Africa is expected to grow faster than any region, with a projected 229% increase. In 2017, the total number was 69 million people, 7.1% of the global total projected to 226 million in 2050 and could account for 10.9 % of older people worldwide” (UNDESA, 2017). The intention is to link and demonstrate the contribution of health and social inclusions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Universal Health Coverage (UHC), and indeed the improved zeal for citizen-led actions towards contributing to the improvement of health and social outcomes presents a significant development and opportunity for further coordination. Another focal area is developing a research plan that focuses on population health and social service using implementation science to improve delivery systems and public health policies instead of documenting the importance and causes of problems. We are in the era of implementation science, population health service research, and community health research. Hence, a growing number of researchers, decision-makers, scientific editors, and research funders are willing to promote a science of solution.

As Such, the Following has been Achieved:

  1. The integration of knowledge translation within the research process invites knowledge users (decision-makers and practitioners) to be part of the research endeavours;
  2. The multi-disciplinary integration of multiple research methods and perspectives which make ample room for those from the social sciences;
  3. The development of professional practice and decision-making informed by research to increase impact;
  4. Development of workable health and social Improvement services based on research principles;
  5. Improving socioeconomic status with positive outcomes on social determinants of health;
  6. Respectful partnerships and collaborations drive strategic stakeholders’ engagements.

Some Outstanding Moments for GCVSI

The year 2018 and 2019 marked a turning point for GCVSI:

  1. GCVSI secured accreditation into the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing under the office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly,
  2. In 2020, GCVSI was granted a Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Commission.
  3. GCVSI was granted approval into the Google for Nonprofit Grant Services, with access to all Google service platforms for improve visibility and program promotion as $US10,000.00 is worth of ads is giving to our organization at no cost.
  4. In 2022, GCVSI was appointed into the National Advocacy Sterring Group of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP)

Priority Areas

The Executive Board has previously agreed to focus our work on Six priority areas:

  • Tackling the social determinants of health;
  • Embark on implementation science research aimed at developing working, scalable health and social inclusion policies;
  • Improve the accessibility of medications and healthcare services for the underserved population, emphasizing Older Adults, Homeless People, refugees, and victims of Gender-based violence. Non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention on the ageing population through effective health education, utilizing health promotion, health education and advocacy as a strategic approach;
  • Strengthening health promotion and education systems and disease prevention strategies;
  • Engaging policymakers in achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In doing so, we have planned to use the following strategies:

  • Promoting “Health for All” policies approach irrespective of the socio-economic status, with emphasis on Older Adults, Homeless People, refugees, and victims of Gender-based violence;
  • Advocacy for health promotion and education, disease prevention, and equitable access to health and social service policies and programs to capture the underserved;
  • Collaborative efforts in research and ‘Translating’ research and evidence into useable knowledge and know-how for improving service delivery;
  • Supporting the capacity building of the health workforce, policymakers, and other civil societies to produce a multi-dimensional approach;
  • Establish physical infrastructural facilities to aid services to the underserved population, especially the ageing population.

The following are corporate activities which we engage in to make a difference;

  • Knowledge development and transfer
  • Capacity building and skill development
  • External relations and communications (partners and stakeholders)
  • Events
  • Publications Engagement with and involvement of members
  • Member development and internal relations
  • Communications
  • Social media engagements
  • Planning and coordination
  • Achieving organizational stability
  • Financial planning and control
  • Fundraising
  • Program development and implementation.

Plans By Activity Area

We extend our influence to make a difference through Knowledge development, transfer, and exchange. GCVSI has a track record of being involved in international, regional, and national initiatives that extend and develop an understanding of what works in health and social inclusion promotion outcomes.

Over the years, we plan to increase the organization’s capacity to respond to calls for projects involving significant scientific and technical components, successfully carry out these projects, and disseminate their outcomes broadly.

To this end, we will work in particular to:

  1. Support the development of bids in response to calls for proposals;
  2. Strengthen relevant scientific advisory capacity for project implementation;
  3. Develop a global bank of experts, especially from amongst our members, searchable by areas of expertise and easily updatable;
  4. Develop strategies to engage institutions and partners and showcase GCVSI’s capacity in project implementation. We intend to increase the impact of GCVSI on the national, regional, and international development of health and social inclusion promotion and intervention practice through research. GCVSI will do so with the actions outlined below:
  5. Expand and increase partnerships and collaborations with Governmental and other international development partners.
    • Develop the creation of Technical Working Groups (TWG) on key focused issues. Like Universal Health Coverage UHC (TWG-UHC).
    • Establish regular conference calls with TWG to ensure coordination and collaboration.
    • Capacity building and skill development are essential in the Successful implementation of health and social inclusion policies and programs; hence it depends on the professionals leading them with the appropriate skills and knowledge to do so effectively.