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GFAN Africa: Young Women Must be Empowered to Step Up The Fight

On 4 September, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for Africa, WACI Health, GFAN Africa, the Global Fund and partners in South Africa hosted young women from South Africa and had conversations with experts on empowering young women. This is because young women must overcome barriers that hold them back and increase their vulnerability to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Only when they are empowered can they #stepupthefight. In the format of panel discussions and a world café, discussants beamed the spotlight on the status of young women and HIV in Africa, stepping up opportunities for young women at…

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GFAN Africa Visit to Embassy of Japan in Kenya

Together with WACI Health and AHF Kenya, GFAN Africa visited the Embassy of Japan in Kenya, met His Excellency Ambassador Ryoichi Horie and thanked him for Japan’s early & increased pledge of $840 million for the 6th replenishment of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Explaining that the contribution by Japan will save millions of lives, Dr Kinyanjui the Executive Director of AHF Kenya said that Japan is commendable for global health leaderships. This contribution will help save 16 million lives and get us closer to achieving SDG3 on the health and wellbeing of all. H E…

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GFAN Africa – Global Fund Day of Action for Netherlands

On 18 July 2019, GFAN Africa wrote a letter to The Netherlands, urging them to #stepupthefight. In the letter, GFAN Africa noted with gratitude, that since 2001 until the 5th Replenishment, the Netherlands has contributed significantly towards the global goals to end the epidemics of HIV, TB, and Malaria. Why the Netherlands? The Netherlands’ smart, effective health investments through the Global Fund have helped save more than 27 million lives to date. With contributions of more than € 919M as of December 2018, the Netherlands is the 10th largest public donor to the Global Fund. In the last replenishment in…

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GFAN Africa – Global Fund Day of Action for Finland

On 31 July, GFAN Africa wrote letters to Finland’s Minister for Social Affairs and Health, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, and Minister of Development for Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari. In the letters sent to them directly as well as copies sent through Consulates and High Commissions in countries across Africa, GFAN Africa acknowledged Finland’s support of the Global Fund since 2002. Finland and the Global Fund In 2002, Finland joined hands with other governments, the private sector, civil society, and people affected by HIV, TB, and Malaria to form the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Finland has been a…

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GFAN Africa – Global Fund Day of Action for CANADA

On 11 July 2019 GFAN Africa held a day of action and called on the Canadian Government to increase its investment in the Global Fund. Why Canada? Although Canada hosted the Global Fund’s 5th Replenishment Conference in 2016, as of July, Canada has still not committed a pledge for the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund. Canada, an international health leader, has a national election this year and this presents a possibility of Canada’s attention being diverted away from global health. During his speech at the 5th Replenishment, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Canada will continue to champion…

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The Role of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Delivering Gender Equality

Today there remains a disproportionate impact of HIV, TB and malaria on women and girls. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria (the Global Fund) is the leading multilateral organisation investing in the three diseases. Since its creation in 2002 the Global Fund has helped to save 27 million lives and supported efforts to dismantle the gender and human rights barriers that fuel the three diseases. It is the single most important mechanism for donors, recipient countries, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders to unite in their response to these epidemics and has repeatedly proven to…

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