We need the Global Fund: Our stories

We need the Global Fund: Our stories


The Global Fund has a history of doing extraordinary work: few investments have had the impact that the Global Fund has in saving lives, preventing infections, and creating strong and resilient health systems. We are at a critical moment where the minimum will not be enough to prevent us from sliding back.  We must get back on track and end the epidemics.

For GFAN members’ and partners’ 6th Replenishment campaigning, we have produced several picture and video stories featuring members of our GFAN Speakers Bureau.

Each of them, either through video or photo, have shared their personal experiences about how Global Fund investments in HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria programs have impacted their life, their families, and their communities – these are the lives being saved by the Global Fund.

Their message is clear: To Get Back on Track We Must Step Up the Fight!

We encourage anyone interested in advocating for the Global Fund to use these multimedia tools for your online and in-person campaigning – they are free for everyone.

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Clara Banya, Malawi

Clara is clear: “I am the living example of what the Global Fund has achieved over the years.” Still, she warns that donors need to keep investing in the Global Fund because “there is an opportunity that we can end this epidemic.”

Read Clara’s full story here.

Anton Basenko, Ukraine

Anton Basenko, Ukraine - Global Fund Beneficiary

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Anton Basenko, right, meets with clients participating in the Step by Step needle exchange program outside the Kyiv City Narcological Clinical Hospital for Social Therapy on Thursday, November 19, 2015 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Anton says that “only thanks to the support of the Global Fund, substitution therapy came into my life and turned it upside down. I started antiretroviral treatment in time and I’m still alive. I’m one of 17 million lives saved by the Global Fund.” For Anton, he has seen first-hand why the Global Fund needs to continue to fight against a resurgence of the epidemic in Eastern Europe.

Read Anton’s full story here.

Erika Castellanos, Belize

Erika says that “the Global Fund not only saved my life – it empowered me to fight for the rights of all women whose voices are overshadowed.”

Read Erika’s full story here.

Mirriam Banda Chisamba, Zambia


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Mirriam in Bombwe village where government workers were conducting indoor spraying.

Mirriam sees malaria every day at the clinic. In her region, between 20-29% of children under 5 are infected each year. Mosquito nets, rapid diagnostic tests and preventative treatment are provided by the Global Fund. The Global Fund’s support has also helped to improve and expand health services to rural centres like Mirriam’s with the results of reducing infections and death, including for tuberculosis and HIV.

Read Mirriam’s full story here.

Serge Douomong Yotta, Cameroon

Serge Douomong Yotta (Cameroon)

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Serge’s commitment to fighting HIV and AIDS began when he noticed a wave of deaths amongst friends. Serge thanks the Global Fund for his continued health and his ability to feel protected and free, especially in an environment where homosexuality is strongly condemned.

Read Serge’s full story here.

Loyce Maturu, Zimbabwe

Loyce thanks the Global Fund for saving her life. Now, with her good health, she can take on life’s challenges, but she asks donors to continue to support the Global Fund as “this will help in saving lives of people like me”.

Global Fund beneficiary, Loyce Maturu - Global Fund Advocates Network

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HARARE, ZIMBABWE: January 14, 2016 - Loyce conducts peer-to-peer counseling sessions with HIV positive patients where she teaches them about adherence and acceptance of their status through animated cards and sharing her story.

Read Loyce’s full story here.