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Dear GFAN Family, It has been a difficult few months for the GFAN Secretariat and with heavy hearts we wanted to share the news with you that our parent organization, ICSS (International Civil Society Support), is currently in the process of winding up operations and it has a scheduled closing date for operations of 30 November.  We wanted to let you know that GFAN will be moving on 16 October to the New Venture Fund (NVF) as a temporary home while a strategic and more permanent host organization is sought for early 2021.  The GFAN staff team that will be…

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To Defeat COVID-19, Protect Progress against HIV, TB and Malaria, and Save Lives, We Must Unite to Fight

On 3 September, GFAN Africa, CS4ME and the Africa Coalition on Tuberculosis organized a webinar titled Dialogue on the HIV, TB and Malaria Response Amid COVID-19. The webinar is one of the series of activities organized by GFAN Africa as part of the #TheBeatContinues campaign in efforts to defeat COVID-19 and mitigate its effects of the disease on HIV, TB and Malaria. In her remarks, Linda Mafu the head of Civil Society and Political Advocacy at the Global Fund noted that COVID-19 is a global emergency that requires a global response. She emphasized that in the spirit of UHC, no…

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GFAN Africa Urges Focus on All Life Threatening Diseases Amid COVID-19

Commonwealth Health Ministers meet every year. This year, the meeting took place virtually on 14 May 2020. The theme of the meeting was delivering a coordinated Commonwealth COVID-19 response. The meeting was timely as Governments the world over were caught out when COVID-19 struck. As the meeting took place, Global Fund Advocates Network – Africa members sent solidarity letters to their Ministers for health and to Her Excellency Amira El Fadil the Commissioner for Social Affairs at the Africa Union Commission     In the letters, Civil Society noted with concern the economic, social and health disruptions caused by COVID-19. They acknowledged…

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#TheBeatContinues for Increased Domestic Resources for Health to END Malaria

The world marked World Mosquito Day on 20 August. This year, GFAN Africa and the Civil Society for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME) mobilized partners on World Mosquito Day to join in social media action to emphasize the need for countries and regional partners to work towards the elimination of malaria amid COVID -19. This is in consideration of the knock on effect that COVID-19 will cause to malaria elimination as a result of disruption of prevention, treatment and care services. Partners from the following countries joined in the twitterthon: Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Cameroon and Ghana. In…

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CALL: COVID-19 Communities & Civil Society Platform

International Civil Society Support and WACI Health invite you to join a follow-up call to our June 18th call for civil society and communities interesting in learning about the ACT-A. Current interim or selected civil society and community representatives from the ACT-A pillars will be on the call to provide updates including outcomes from the Therapeutics Pillars in terms of selecting representation, updates and movement within the Vaccine and Health Systems Connector Pillars on CS and community engagement and further planning towards mapping broader health community engagement in ACT-A work including working to centre the experience of people living with…

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Thank You GFAN Speakers!

We want to take this opportunity to thank Timur, Clara, Anton, Erika, Mirriam, Rachel, Serge, Loyce, Maurine, Resty, and Marie Solange – the GFAN Speakers – who have shared their expertise, time, and resources and who supported efforts across the globe to advocate for a fully funded and effective Global Fund.  We hope that everyone will join us in thanking the Speakers for their energy and willingness to support GFAN members in their advocacy, for taking leadership in their communities and regions and for sharing their personal stories and experiences over and over with new and different audiences.  Without their…

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