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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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AIDS Fondet  invited GFAN Speaker  Erika Castellanos  to come to Copenhagen, Denmark on 13 August 2019 to participate in the commencement of Copenhagen’s Pride Week celebrations.

Erika acted as Facilitator for Aids-Fondet’s First International Debate,Act up now to end AIDS, at Copenhagen Pride. Erika was able to share her own story with the Panel and audience members before engaging in a dialogue with the group on how to break the stigma and end AIDS worldwide by 2030.

(L-R): Scott Boule, Global Fund; Rasmus Nordqvist, Member of Parliament; Andreas Gylling Æbelø, AIDS-Fondet; David Hayman, ONE Campaign

The main message that Erika wanted to bring to Copenhagen was that AIDS is not over, and the critical need for a successful 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund. Erika said that she wanted to make sure that people know the work that the Global Fund does beyond providin...

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We are very pleased to announce that this year we have introduced two new Francophone Speakers to our Speakers Bureau, Marie Solange Ngoueko from Cameroon and Rachel Boyindjy from Togo.

French is available here .

Marie Solange Ngoueko

Marie Solange Ngoueko

Marie Solange is a mother of seven children and lives with her family in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon. When she first moved to Yaoundé, all members of her household averaged three episodes of malaria each year and had no long lasting insecticidal nets. Marie Solange has been working for over eight years in community development with a focus o...

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Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que cette année, deux conférencières francophones se sont ajoutées à notre Bureau des conférenciers. Il s’agit de Marie Solange Ngoueko du Cameroun et de Rachel Boyindjy du Togo

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Marie Solange Ngoueko

Marie Solange Ngoueko

Marie Solange est mère de sept enfants. Elle habite avec sa famille à Yaoundé, la capitale du Cameroun. Dans la première année de son arrivée à Yaoundé, tous les membres de sa maison souffraient en moyenne de trois épisodes de paludisme par an et ils n’avaient pas de MILDA.

Marie Solange œuvre depuis plus de huit ans dans le développement communautaire axé sur la gestion et la coordination des proje...

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In April GFAN Speaker Maurine Murenga visited Washington DC in the United States. 

Maurine visited many offices including both Republican and Democrat Senators and Congresspersons.  She also had an opportunity to meet with advocates during her stay in Washington.  This included a lunch event entitled “Global Fund and the Costs of Inaction” that was attended by representatives from over 15 organizations including ONE, UNAIDS, Malaria No More, Results, and of course the hosts, Friends of the Global Fight.

She shares with us below details about her trip and why the work of the Global Fund is so critical.

What was the purpose of your trip? Who invited you?

The purpose of my trip is to pitch for Global Fund replenishment and I was invited by Friends of the Global Fight

What do you think was the most important or impactful part of your trip?

Meeting the congr...

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The GFAN Speakers Bureau features advocates who have seen the impact of the Global Fund in their lives.  Speakers share the message of the importance of the Global Fund and are active advocates in their own communities for prevention, treatment and/or care for one or more of the three diseases.

In April Loyce Maturu visited Canada to speak with advocates, supporters and Members of Parliament.  She shared her message on the Global Fund and actively advocated for an increased pledge for the Global Fund from Canada. She also had an opportunity to testify before the House of Commons Finance Committee along side Françoise Vanni, Director of External Relations for the Global Fund and share her story. 

I visited Canada to build momentum, and to advocate by sharing the impact of the Global Fund so as to encourage Canada to continue investing within the Global Fun...

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