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STOPAIDS invited GFAN Speaker Clara Banya to speak to UK Parliamentarians from the Conservative Party about her experiences and the importance of the Global Fund. Clara’s clear message to Parliamentarians highlighted the importance of Global Fund Funding to end the epidemics of HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria:

‘I am the living testimony of what Global Fund has achieved over the years, without it I could have been dead long, long time ago. Continue to support the Global Fund so that the gains we have made over the past 18 years do not go down the drain’.

You can watch  part of Clara’s speech here .  

Clara with Conservative MP Stephen Crabb. The Map is showing how many lives have been saved from the UK’s contribution to the Global Fund.

The 2nd October event, ‘UK leadership at the Global Fund’, was hosted by, STOPAIDS ,  the International HIV/AIDS...


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TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease , with over 10 million new cases each year, an estimated 1.8 million deaths annually.  Unfortunately, people who use drugs (PWUD) tend to have higher rates of TB and higher prevalence of latent TB infection . Lack of follow-through on medical examinations and referrals and lack of integration between various medical and public health services are key barriers to successful diagnosis and treatment.  A fully Funded Global Fund in 2019 would mean critical programs targeting key populations such as drug users could be implemented and sustained.   GFAN’s Get Back on Track Report released earlier this year, calls for a funding increase of more than 20% to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its Sixth Replenishment – which includes a doubling of current Global Fund spending on TB – to ensure a fund of between $16.8 and $18 billion for 2020 to 2022.

Last month’s historic HLM saw advoca...


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GFAN Speakers are advocates and volunteers who take time out of their extremely busy schedules to speak with people around the world about the importance of the Global Fund.  This week, GFAN Speaker Resty Nalwanga shares with us the work she does with young mothers in Kampala, Uganda and why the Global Fund is important to her.  Resty’s childhood had her shuffled around frequently between relatives as she struggled to be healthy.  She contracted TB twice and was diagnosed with HIV when she was a teenager.  During her illness, Resty started volunteering at local health centres and became involved in youth HIV advocacy work. 

Today, Resty’s work focusses on community sensitization and workshops on HIV and TB.  “So far my interventions with these community members shows there’s still limited information on tuberculosis and what happened to me when I was a kid still exists.  Mothers incorrectly administer medication to the chi...


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TB is the world’s most lethal infectious disease, with over 10 million new cases each year, an estimated 1.8 million deaths annually, and many more at risk for infection and illness.

Data now shows that the world will not meet the targets set to eliminate TB and funding must be substantially increased – from both international and domestic sources to get back on track and achieve the ambitious Global TB targets.

A significant increase for the Global Fund overall is needed and GFAN’s ask for the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund is for between US$16.8 and 18 billion. Failure to reach this level of funding will have dramatic consequences in terms of achieving global goals and, the impact will be felt disproportionality by key populations.

 

What Happened at the HLM:

The UN High Level Meeting on TB on September 26th was a momentous and historic occasion that we as a community have never had befor...


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The biannual AIDS conference is an important event in our advocate community.  Everyone who attends has a different experience and comes away from the conference with a different perspective.  We asked some of our GFAN speakers who attended the conference to share their thoughts and experiences. 

 

 

 

Timur Abdullaev, Anton Basenko, Erika Castellanos, Serge Douomong Yotta, Maurine Murenga, and Resty Nalwanga all answered 6 questions and we are sharing their responses below.

 

 

 

 

 

Question 1:

How many days were you at the AIDS 2018 conference? Did you attend any meetings before the conference?

The number of days spent at the conference varied between 5 and 8 with several speakers also attending meetings before the conferen...


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GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev is human rights lawyer from Uzbekistan. He is a person living with HIV and a TB survivor, and he is a Board member of TBpeople, the global network of people affected by TB, as well as the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board.  He spoke at the Civil Society Hearing at the UN in New York on June 4th as an important step in the lead-up to the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis.

Timur spoke at the UN at the beginning of June and outlined some of the biggest challenges we are facing in the fight against TB today: 

Every year, over 10 million people get sick with TB. Of them, 40 percent are “missed” by health systems – their TB is not diagnosed, meaning they receive no care or treatment, and their infection goes unreported. A large proportion of people infected with TB are “missed” due to the fact that historically, many TB programs are chronically disconnected from the human rights dimens...
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