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From 20-21 April 2017, around 60 advocates representing all of the G7 countries, as well as some Southern country partners, gathered in Rome for the C7 – civil society’s answer to the G7 Summit. Italy’s G7 Presidency this year is being seen a time of transition and new developments; for four of the seven leaders who will be around the table in Taormina in May – Theresa May (UK), Donald Trump (US), Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), and the soon to be elected new President of France -, it will be their first Summit.

On the first day of the C7, the advocates were briefed on the G7 process thus far, including the recommendations already presented to the Italian Sherpa’s office on behalf of civil society. The priority issues were broken down into seven categories: Systemic Issues; Climate & Energy; Education; Health; Gender Equality; Migration; and Food Security & Nutrition. Advocates drafted statements outlining the main priori...


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Application deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 at 5pm EST

GFAN is seeking a new group of people for the GFAN Speakers Bureau. These individuals will, as much as possible, represent the diversity of people who are affected by the 3 diseases: men and women of all ages, people from countries around the world and people representing those key populations and communities that are most affected.

In 2015, the GFAN Secretariat brought together 8 people to join our newly created Speakers Bureau – a group composed of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and/or malaria who have seen the impact of the Global Fund in their lives and can share their stories to assist in resource mobilization advocacy.

Since then, our speakers have attended numerous events hosted in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific, including high-level meetings, Global Fund replenishment announc...


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Our Global Fund Champion, EriKa Castellanos, took part in the Civil Society Hearing in April and a week of civil society-led lobbying initiatives held in May ahead of the High Level of Meeting on HIV/AIDS and at the side event “Leaving no one behind: The rights and health of key and vulnerable populations” during the HLM that took place from 8-10 June 2016 in New York.

Back in May, I joined 37 advocates from 30 different civil society organizations from countries around the world to engage in the official UN meetings and share their advocacy messages with country representatives in order to affect the outcomes of the HLM negotiations and final document. Being from Belize, I joined the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) group. We identified three priority areas that we knew our missions would be interested in: key populations, finance and human rights.

Our strategy was to start the conversations around financing since t...


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Written by Anton Basenko , Alliance for Public Health & GFAN Speaker

Since I joined the GFAN Speakers Bureau in the summer of 2015, I’ve been very much looking forward to my first trip to support Global Fund advocacy. I’m from Ukraine, the country with the second biggest HIV epidemic in the Eastern Europe & Central Asia region and which is concentrated among and driven by people who inject drugs (PWID) and other key affected populations. It’s also a country with one of the highest rates of MDR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection in the world, but has the lowest rate of TB treatment in the region. Unfortunately, such important services as harm reduction programs, opioid substitution therapy, early TB detection or MDR-TB treatment are still not funded by the Ukrainian government: they are accessible exclusively because of funding and support from the Global Fund.

That’s why I was happy to be invited by STOPAIDS to att...


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Women Deliver starts today in Copenhagen. To support the Global Fund’s voice and message during the conference, partners have put together some social media materials for you to share over the next few days.

An interactive map illustrating the Global Fund’s work to advance women’s health around the world. It features country case studies and personal stories. You can also embed this onto your website with the code: <iframe src=”https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/cd776d000f00232198ae65160c286b69/the-global-fund-delivers-for-women-and-girls-worldwide/index.html” width=”100%” height=”800″ frameborder=”0″></iframe> Sharegraphics (below) featuring quotes and photos from advocates from the GFAN Speakers Bureau A two-page factsheet on the Global Fund and women and girls featuring quotes from GFAN speakers. I...
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“Is ending AIDS by 2030 a catchy phrase that is politically correct; one we like to repeat in our speeches and country reports to get the applause of our constituencies? Or are we going to make a STOP and look at our achievements, learn from the history of our epidemic and take the necessary steps to REALLY end AIDS by 2030. Do we want to decrease or maintain the current investment and continue doing so forever? Or do we want to fast track the response, increase investment and upscale treatment and prevention services TODAY in order to enjoy an AIDS free generation in the near future?” – EriKa Castellanos

A High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS will take place at the United Nations in New York from 8 to 10 of June 2016, “which will undertake a comprehensive review of the progress achieved in realizing the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the Political Declarations on HIV/AIDS of 2006 and 2011 includi...


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