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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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Meet Miranda!

I am Miranda Ekema Ndolo, I’m 25 years old and a nurse and youth activist. I have an amazing husband and lovely son who rock my world. I’m very passionate about health systems, services and policies and I have a particular interest working with communities especially communities that are dominated by adolescent girls and young women living with HIV. My work as an activist cuts across HIV, TB, and Malaria. The Global Fund has given me a voice through the HER Voice Fund; to contribute to the SRHR and needs of AGYW and to lead community based responses to HIV…

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World TB Day 2021 – The clock is ticking, it’s time to rise up now to end TB

Guest Blog Post from our Friends at GFAN Africa! GFAN Africa jointly with Run4TB mobilized in-country partners for letter writing, a jam session, social media and print media activities to mark World TB Day 2021. A letter addressed to Ministers for Health asked the Ministers to engage communities in planning and implementing strong, integrated TB and COVID-19 mitigation and response measures; to review, update and implement TB policies by the end of 2022 to align with the latest WHO and internationally recognized guidelines; and to participate in the next step up for TB survey on TB policies. The letter further…

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GFAN Africa Applauds United States Contribution of US$3.5 Billion to the Global Fund to Fight COVID-19

Guest Blog Post from our Friends at GFAN Africa!  On 1 April, GFAN Africa facilitated a regional day of action to extend sincere gratitude  to the United States, the Biden-Harris Administration, and the U.S. Congress led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for the $3.5 billion emergency funding commitment they secured for the efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries.   These resources will support low and middle-income countries to rapidly expand their testing capacity and ensure health care…

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GFAN’s World Malaria Day Campaign

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic likely caused an additional 40-50,000 deaths from malaria that otherwise could have been prevented. If we do not act now to address the cause of these additional deaths and fight COVID-19 and malaria together, we will undoubtedly lose years of progress. The Global Fund is providing guidance, tools and immediate funding of more than US$1 billion to help countries fight COVID-19, mitigate the impacts on lifesaving HIV, TB and malaria programs, and prevent fragile health systems from being overwhelmed, but they need more – $5 billion more. View this post on Instagram A post shared…

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