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Best Practices: Engaging the Speakers Bureau Online

As we start thinking about the next replenishment of the Global Fund, many of you might be hoping to make use of the GFAN Speakers Bureau.  It remains unclear when international travel may open up again, and some are struggling with how to make use of the Speakers Bureau in a virtual environment.  While typical panel discussions can work well, there is also a sense of “Zoom fatigue” and that panel format.  In light of this, we wanted to share a successful example of online advocacy using the GFAN Speakers Bureau with a more unique format.   I am hoping to…

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Thank you Netherlands for Contributing to the ACT Accelerator

Guest Blog Post from our friends at GFAN Africa On 21 April 2021, GFAN Africa and partners, including communities living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and civil society organizations organized a day of action to thank Netherlands for contributing to the ACT Accelerator and to the Global Fund. The letters of appreciation sent by civil society organizations in 14 countries in Africa to Netherlands embassies and consulates expressed sincere gratitude to the Netherlands for their contribution of €52 million to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. These funds are critical to support the accelerated development, production,…

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Amid COVID-19, the Fight Against Malaria Should not Falter

Guest Blog Post from our friends at GFAN Africa. GFAN Africa joined in efforts to urge for the need to end malaria by organizing activities to mark World Malaria Day 2021, informed by this year’s theme Zero Malaria – drawn the line against malaria. On 22 April, Vuka an online show organized by WACI Health and hosted by Olayide Akanni invited Farhan Yusuf a pharmacist and youth leader for health to share his thoughts on progress made towards ending malaria and what actions should be taken to eliminate the disease. Farhan appreciated that immense efforts in resource allocation, research and…

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Thank you Germany for Your Generous Contribution to the Global Fund

Guest Blog Post from our Friends at GFAN Africa On 21 April 2021, GFAN Africa facilitated a regional day of action to thank Germany for their additional contribution of EUR 140 million to the Global Fund. These resources will support the Global Fund’s efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries and mitigate the impact on HIV, tuberculosis and malaria programs, including through deploying diagnostic tests, protecting front-line health workers and strengthening health systems. This contribution comes at a critical time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the world, adversely affecting the most vulnerable communities, threatening…

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Meet Mirriam

Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of malaria. However, Africa carries the highest burden. In 2019, the region was home to 94% of all malaria cases and deaths. The youngest are particularly affected. In many places, mosquito-borne infectious disease is one of the leading causes of death in children under five. But older children and adults are also hit hard by the disease: If they fall ill, they cannot go to school or work, miss education, or are unable to provide for their families. And Covid-19 has complicated things further.  Mirriam Banda Chisamba from Zambia is familiar…

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Combating COVID-19: The Innovative Responses

Guest Blog Post from our friends at GFAN Africa: On Thursday 15 April, GFAN Africa, EANNASO and PATAM organized a webinar titled Combating COVID-19: The Innovating Responses. The webinar brought together civil society, communities, the UN and the Global Fund for conversations on the COVID-19 response. The webinar was one of a series on the COVID-19 response. The purpose of the webinar was to discuss innovations that different partners, institutions and agencies have instituted to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to emphasize measures that should be taken to address new emerging bottlenecks that threaten to derail efforts towards effectively…

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