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Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) launched the  #HeroesGiveMore  campaign in August 2019 – the last push from communities and civil society in Asia-Pacific towards the public, private sector, and private foundations donors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) for increased pledges for the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund. The campaign was launched at an event co-organized by GFAN AP, APCASO and Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (APN+) and hosted by the Embassy of Canada under the auspices of Ambassador H.E. Donica Pottie in Bangkok, Thailand on 15th of August 2019 just prior to the increased pledge by the Canadian Government and snowball of pledges by other European Donors at the G7 Summit on 24-26 of August 2019. 

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In June, GFAN Speaker  Maurine Murenga was invited to the United Kingdom by  Frontline AIDS and  STOPAIDS to advocate to UK Members of Parliament and decision makers to fully fund the Global Fund for the 6th Replenishment.

Maurine spent a day meeting with UK Civil Society partners in Brighton at the Frontline AIDS office, and on 26 June, spoke at a reception hosted by Stephen Doughty MP, Nick Herbert MP, Virendra Sharma MP, and Jeremy Lefroy MP on behalf of the  All Party-Parliamentary Groups on HIV and AIDS, Global Tuberculosis and Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases : Stepping up the Fight to End AIDS, TB and Malaria: UK Leadership through the Global Fund.

From Left: Jeremy Lefroy MP, Stephen Doughty MP, Rt Hon Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Michael Sheen, Charlie Webster, Rt Hon Nick Herbert CBE, Global Fund Executive Director Peter Sands, Alex Norris MP, and GFAN...
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In June, GFAN Speaker  Mirriam Banda Chisamba visited Italy to participate in outreach and advocacy activities with civil society partners ahead of the Global Fund’s 6th Replenishment. Mirriam was invited by  Network Italiano Salute Globale , the Global Health Italian Network, and  AIDOS , an organization working for women’s right, dignity and freedom of choice.

Left to Right: Peter Sands, Senator Alessandro Alfieri, Mirriam Banda Chisamba

One of the main purposes of this trip was to have Mirriam support AIDOS and three members of Italian Parliament at the Italian Senate and at a hearing of the Commission of Foreign Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies. The MPs were presenting their report on a mission to Ethiopia that took place in May, and Mirriam was supporting these findings by sharing her experiences in community health in Zambia, as well as her experiences of the impact of Global Fund progr...

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Together with WACI Health and AHF Kenya, GFAN Africa visited the Embassy of Japan in Kenya , met His Excellency Ambassador Ryoichi Horie and thanked him for Japan’s early & increased pledge of $840 million for the 6th replenishment of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria . Explaining that the contribution by Japan will save millions of lives, Dr Kinyanjui the Executive Director of AHF Kenya said that Japan is commendable for global health leaderships. This contribution will help save 16 million lives and get us closer to achieving SDG3 on the health and wellbeing of all.

H E Ambassador Horie re-stated Japan’s interest and commitment to global health adding that Japan collaborates with the Government of Kenya and countries in the region in health. He mentioned that health will be one of the areas of focus during the upcoming TICAD 7 meeting in Yokohama on 28th August 2019.

Thank you Japan!

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On 18 July 2019, GFAN Africa wrote a letter to The Netherlands, urging them to #stepupthefight. In the letter, GFAN Africa noted with gratitude, that since 2001 until the 5th Replenishment, the Netherlands has contributed significantly towards the global goals to end the epidemics of HIV, TB, and Malaria.

On 31 July, GFAN Africa wrote letters to Finland’s Minister for Social Affairs and Health, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, and Minister of Development for Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari. In the letters sent to them directly as well as copies sent through Consulates and High Commissions in countries across Africa, GFAN Africa acknowledged Finland’s support of the Global Fund since 2002.

Finland and the Global Fund

In 2002, Finland joined hands with other governments, the private sector, civil society, and people affected by HIV, TB, and Malaria to form the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Finland has been a strong supporter of the Global Fund. Since 2002, Finland has contributed €25M to support the work the Global Fund does to promote universal health coverage, maternal and newborn health, the education of women and girls...

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