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GFAN Speakers Bureau |

Meet and hear from people who have seen and experienced the impact the Global Fund has on peoples’ lives.

What is the GFAN Speakers Bureau?

Our Speakers Bureau is a register of advocates who are committed to sharing the messages to fund the Global Fund, to create policy changes for positive enabling environments and to increase domestic investments in health and to encourage collective engagement in their advocacy to governments and decision-makers. The principle is that people who have seen the impact of the Global Fund in their lives are the most impactful spokespeople for the Global Fund. Each of our speakers are currently or have in the past accessed Global Fund-supported programs and are active advocates in their own communities for prevention, treatment and/or care for one or more of the three diseases.

As GFAN members are constantly seeking opportunities to solidify and increase either donor funding to the Global Fund Secretariat or domestic funding for HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, being able to call upon trained spokespeople is a key to the success of their advocacy. We have been providing trained speakers to our members since 2010 (starting with the Here I Am campaign) and with encouraging successes. We offer our partners on-going access to speakers that can provide the voice of affected communities at their events and discussions with decision-makers, the public and media.

Can one of your champions attend my event, speak to the media, etc.?

If you’re an organization working on HIV, TB and/or malaria advocacy, we can work with you to see if your request is appropriate for our bureau and which of our speakers can participate. We are also open to general requests from the media. Get in touch with us here.

Note: we make cost-sharing arrangements with host organizations for all speaker trips

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GFAN stories

 

Timur Abdullaev (Uzbekistan)

Perspectives: tuberculosis; person living with HIV (PLHIV); Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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Clara Banya (Malawi)

Perspectives: person living with HIV (PLHIV); multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB); malaria; women and girls; vertical transmission; Africa

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Anton Basenko (Ukraine)

Perspectives: person living with HIV (PLHIV); hepatitis C; harm reduction; people who use drugs (PUDs); Eastern Europe & Central Asia

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Mirriam Banda Chisamba (Zambia)

Perspectives: malaria; mothers and children; Africa

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Erika Castellanos (Belize)

Perspectives: person living with HIV (PLHIV); transgender people; people who use drugs (PUDs); sex workers; Latin America & the Caribbean

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Serge Douomong Yotta (Cameroon)

Perspectives: HIV; key populations; men who have sex with men (MSM); youth; Africa

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Maura Elaripe (Papua New Guinea)

Perspectives: person living with HIV (PLHIV); tuberculosis; malaria; women; Asia & the Pacific

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Loyce Maturu (Zimbabwe)

Perspectives: person living with HIV (PLHIV); tuberculosis; youth; vertical transmission; Africa

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Maurine Murenga (Kenya)

Perspectives: person living with HIV (PLHIV); malaria; women and girls; vertical transmission; Africa

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Resty Nalwanga (Uganda)

Perspectives: person living with HIV (PLHIV); multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB); youth; women and girls; Africa

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Past speakers

Souhaila Bensaid (Tunisia) (2015-2016)
Nicolas Ritter (Mauritius) (2015-2016)
Louie Zepeda-Teng (Philippines) (2015-2016)