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Shaking off the complacency: is targeted, public campaigning a tool for GFAN to achieve a fully funded Global Fund?

Over the years, the Global Fund has developed an impressive and effective set of strategies for resource mobilization: outcomes from replenishments have increased significantly from USD$3.7 billion for 2006-2007 to USD$12.9 billion for 2017-2019. However, the Global Fund has not really ever been able to reach its target levels, a USD$20 billion gap exists in health financing and there is a perspective that we may have reached a ceiling in the level of donor funding using that known “menu” of strategies. The Resource Mobilization Action Plan, the current plan for on-going resource mobilization at the Global Fund, suggests some actions…

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Sign on to civil society statement on the UN HLM on TB to the Head of the WHO

UPDATE: Dr. Tedros received a hard copy of the statement with 86 signatories on 17 November. He agreed with civil society’s four points and discussed in relation to the statement: Having a civil society/community member open the conference Having targets be numbers, not percentages that can be manipulated Having targets at country level – including on R&D The need for an independent accountability mechanism that isn’t solely WHO Report of the Informal Consultation Meeting of Civil Society Participants of the WHO Global Ministerial Conference on Ending TB with Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO 16 & 17 November 2017: Moscow…

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The Union: community presence & advocacy continues to grow at annual lung health conference

Each year, advocates, affected community members, researchers, scientists, academics, private sector companies, and government representatives gather for the biggest tuberculosis-related conference in the world – The Union World Conference on Lung Health, which this year took place from October 11-14 in Guadalajara, Mexico. It is a time for those working in tuberculosis (TB) from across the globe to present their newest findings, discuss the political challenges in fighting this disease, and work together to find ways forward. This year’s Union Conference had an unprecedented tone – a combination of optimism, anticipation and a sense of urgency. The TB community is looking…

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Returning Speakers welcome new challenges in continued advocacy work

GFAN welcomes back five returning champions to our Speakers Bureau for 2017-2018: Clara Banya, Anton Basenko, Erika Castellanos, Loyce Maturu and Maurine Murenga. Through the past two years, our champions have had the opportunity to develop their confidence in public speaking and to better understand advocacy in donor countries through Speakers Bureau tours. Some of them have also taken on new and challenging advocacy work on boards and in advisory roles. “I have always felt empowered in participating in these events through the Speakers Bureau. Each and every time has been different and unique,” Clara shares. “I have always been…

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Global Fund champions become advocates in the face of community challenges

Each champion in our GFAN Speakers Bureau dedicates themselves in their work to advocating for the health of their respective communities. For some, this focus developed as a result of personally contracting HIV and/or tuberculosis; for a few of our champions, however, it was a result of seeing how the three epidemics affected the communities in which they are a part of. Mirriam Banda Chisamba is the primary health care provider, midwife, nurse, administrator, counsellor and health champion to 15,000 people in her region in eastern Zambia at Kafumbwe Rural Health Centre, 600km from the capital, Lusaka. “Malaria has caused…

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New Global Fund champions look forward to busy year ahead in tuberculosis advocacy

The Global Fund Advocates Network Speakers Bureau welcomes our three new tuberculosis-focused Global Fund champions who will be sharing their stories over the next few years with decision-makers around the world to advocate for Global Fund resource mobilization. The GFAN Speakers Bureau is relaunching in the coming weeks with 5 new and 5 returning champions. With the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB scheduled for 2018, TB will be a key issue on policy agendas and we expect our speakers to be active in promoting the Global Fund’s importance in the fight to end this epidemic and to bring the…

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