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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 this is a hot ...
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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 attend two event...
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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. If you are attending th...
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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 including succe...
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From its inception to date, GFAN Asia-Pacific has been pivotal in supporting the development and strengthening of HIV, TB and malaria regional advocacy efforts, and influencing the new Global Fund Strategy. As a result of the consultation, GFAN AP also hopes to solicit clearer direction and build towards a more holistic and focused movement to support the broader GFAN network – either through targeting donor countries to increase its funding towards the Global Fund, and/or increasing advocacy efforts in Global Fund implementing countries on increasing domestic financing towards HIV, TB and malaria programming. Find out more about their latest campaign #TheGlobalFundThatWeWant at their Facebook page. GFAN Asia-Pacific , the Communities Delegation to the Global Fund Board and APCASO organized a “Communities & Civil Society Strategizing Consultation on the Global Fund 5th Replenishment and Pre-HLM-P...
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Our GFAN Speaker, Louie Zepeda-Teng, joined world leaders and civil society to fight to end tuberculosis at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2015. Sadly, tuberculosis is currently the top infectious disease killer worldwide according to the World Health Organization. This statistic encourages me to continue to speak about my experiences with tuberculosis so that it doesn’t happen to others and to make sure that disability issues and patient empowerment are included in public health programs. Back at the 2012 Conference, I remember the lack of participation of survivors like me in these collaborations. Now I can really sense that more people are seeing the importance of bringing in the voices of the affected. I always tell my audience that TB is not just a medical problem, it’s also a social problem. No matter how good the drugs are, how fast the diagnosis becomes, serv...
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