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 and appreciated the efforts that the Governments, private sector, donors and individuals are putting in place to protect citizens from COVID-19 to save lives, mitigate its impact and sustai...
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 COVID-19 within the global response to COVID-19.
This 1.5 hour call will take place on August 6th from 8:00-9:30 EST/CLT , 14:00-15:30 CEST/SAST
Civil Society Advocacy for Sustainable Financing for Health Sustainable Health Financing Advocacy
Concept Note:As a broad framework, Sustainable health financing advocacy (SHFa) encompasses advocacy across multiple health priorities and in multiple health financing contexts. This unified framework for action can help advocates align eﬀorts, understand the interlinkages and potential synergies for collaboration, and avoid silos in our work.
GFAN members Friends of the Global Fund Europe and Osservatorio AiDS, in collaboration with AIDOS, and the theatre company Bluestocking, launched, earlier this month, a short video highlighting the most common stereotypes on HIV/AIDS in Italy. The video uses ironic messages to shape the audiences’ understanding of the portrayed clichés and highlight the critical role of the Global Fund in addressing the global reach of AIDS. Many of the stereotypes portrayed in the video are common in other countries and they wanted to share a version with English subtitles of their video .
The video was initially launched in Italy on World AIDS Day. Two similar videos on tuberculosis and malaria will be released in the upcoming months.
The video is part of a joint information campaign to make the Global Fund better known in Italy ahead of the next replenishment.
When civil society has a seat at the table, they give a voice to the communities most at risk of or heavily affected by AIDS, TB and malaria
When it comes to dealing with global health challenges, representatives of civil society may not always be the most popular people in the room as they press for prioritizing marginalized and stigmatized groups. Yet, they may be the most impactful in ensuring that progress is made. The fact is that in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria, civil society is an instrumental partner in advocacy and implementation. This sometimes means that it has to show some muscle.
We saw that very clearly in the beginning of the AIDS movement. There were times when the community was ahead of just about everyone else in terms of knowledge about the epidemic. AIDS showed what a difference advocacy can make. And civil society advocates were and r...
This document has been produced by ICCS/GFAN with the Affected Communities and Civil Society Advisory Panel to the High Level Meeting (HLM) on TB to summarize needs and priorities in addressing TB identified by civil society (CS) organizations involved in implementing TB programming and advocating for the rights of people living with and affected by TB and marginalized and underserved populations in the TB response. The information for this summary report was gathered through three online surveys, a moderated discussion forum, and regional in-person consultations. This represents a third version up to date as of April 25th 2018 – and will be periodically updated between now and the HLM in September. The online surveys opened on February 20 and closed April 23, 2018, and considered the following topics: 1) Target Setting (Financial Targets; R&D; Case Detection; TB/HIV Treatment); 2) Community Rights and Gender and Human Rights; and 3) Accountability. An online discu...