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Civil Society’s Critical Role in the Successes of the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund

On 2 December, GFAN Africa met with Peter Sands the Executive Director of  The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria  on the sidelines of  ICASA 2019 Rwanda  and had conversations on the 6th replenishment of the Global Fund. The October 2019 replenishment raised $14.028 billion to help save 16 million lives and avert 234 million new HIV, tuberculosis and malaria infections in the next three years.

Peter acknowledged the enormous role that civil society played in advocacy in the run up to the replenishment, which led to increased contributions by implementing countries in Africa and ultimately, to a successful replenishment. A record 24 countries pledged towards the replenishment. In the build up to the replenishment conference, civil society organizati...

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In November, the membership of GFAN Africa set aside a day of action when they said thank you to private sector organizations, Foundations, African Governments and donors; who contributed towards the successful 6th replenishment of the Global Fund which raised $14.028 billion.

Expressing gratitude for the strong commitment towards global health, GFAN Africa membership described the contributions as life – saving. They emphasized that the resources for the period 2020 – 2022 will reduce suffering, strengthen health security, and catalyze economic growth. The resources have equipped the Global Fund partnership to cut the mortality rate resulting from HIV, TB and malaria by half, avert 234 million new infections across the three diseases and save 16 million lives by 2023. Additionally, the funds will contribute to achieving universal healthcare coverage, the achievement of sustainable development goal three on the health and well-being of all, and indeed ...

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On 19 September 2019 GFAN Africa , in collaboration with  WACI Health , organized a day of advocacy dubbed Day of Action for African Governments. Members of the Network delivered letters to Presidents of African Countries, asking them to contribute to the 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund as well as allocating additional domestic resources for health in their respective countries. 

The 6th Replenishment Conference will take place on 9 October 2019 in Lyon, France and seeks to raise a minimum of US$14 billion to be able to #getbackontrack to defeat HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria worldwide. The 6th Replenishment funds will help save 16 million lives, cut the mortality rate from HIV, TB, and malaria by half, and will build stronger health systems by 2023. Further, these resources will contribute to achieving Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) and Sustainable Development Goa...

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In New York on 22 September 2019, WACI Health , Rwanda NGOs Forum , IMRO , GFAN Africa , and the Global Fund organized an engaging panel discussion themed: ‘Domestic Resource Mobilization and sustainable Health Financing in Africa’ which was held on the side lines of the High Level Meeting on Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC).

This side event joined in the worldwide discussions around achieving sustainable financing for UHC in Africa through increased domestic resources for health.

Participants of the side event follow conversations.

According to the  2019 Investment Case for the Global Fund , a successful 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund will spur US $46 billion in domestic resources from implementing countries towards ending the epidemics of HIV, TB, and malaria, as well as strengthening health systems.

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On 5 September 2019,  GFAN Africa and  WACI Health joined in an event organized by The Global Fund and Goodbye Malaria in Cape Town:  Step up The Fight: How African Private Sector Will Help End AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030.

After years of remarkable progress in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, new threats have slowed progress and enabled the three diseases to gain ground. With its capacity for innovation and collaboration, the private sector in Africa plays a crucial role in stepping up the fight to end these epidemics. 

Carol Kachenga of GFAN Africa speaks in the panel session

This high-level event was attended by South Africa’s and Namibia’s Ministers for Health and emphasized the important role of partnerships with the private sector in ending HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria in addition to drivingeconomic growth. Partnerships like th...

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On 4 September, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for Africa, WACI Health, GFAN Africa, the Global Fund and partners in South Africa hosted young women from South Africa and had conversations with experts on empowering young women. This is because young women must overcome barriers that hold them back and increase their vulnerability to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Only when they are empowered can they #stepupthefight.

In the format of panel discussions and a world café, discussants beamed the spotlight on the status of young women and HIV in Africa, stepping up opportunities for young women at the work place and increasing young women’s access to business, work, and education opportunities.

There were discussions on the vulnerabilities of young women towards HIV; the grim situation in the years when there was no treatment, and the progress made so far, es...

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