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GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev is human rights lawyer from Uzbekistan. He is a person living with HIV and a TB survivor, and he is a Board member of TBpeople, the global network of people affected by TB, as well as the Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board.  He spoke at the Civil Society Hearing at the UN in New York on June 4th as an important step in the lead-up to the UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis.

Timur spoke at the UN at the beginning of June and outlined some of the biggest challenges we are facing in the fight against TB today: 

Every year, over 10 million people get sick with TB. Of them, 40 percent are “missed” by health systems – their TB is not diagnosed, meaning they receive no care or treatment, and their infection goes unreported. A large proportion of people infected with TB are “missed” due to the fact that historically, many TB programs are chronically disconnected from the human rights dimens...
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GFAN welcomes back five returning champions to our Speakers Bureau for 2017-2018: Clara Banya , Anton Basenko , Erika Castellanos , Loyce Maturu and Maurine Murenga .

Through the past two years, our champions have had the opportunity to develop their confidence in public speaking and to better understand advocacy in donor countries through Speakers Bureau tours. Some of them have also taken on new and challenging advocacy work on boards and in advisory roles. “I have always felt empowered in participating in these events through the Speakers Bureau. Each and every time has been different and unique,” Clara shares. “I have always been nervous but having much time to prepare and practice has helped to bring confidence in me. I’ve learned that government officials and decision-makers love to hear the positive impacts that their contribution to the Global Fund has had.” Recently, Clara was asked to be a part of another group of public speakers focused on children and HI...

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Each champion in our GFAN Speakers Bureau dedicates themselves in their work to advocating for the health of their respective communities. For some, this focus developed as a result of personally contracting HIV and/or tuberculosis; for a few of our champions, however, it was a result of seeing how the three epidemics affected the communities in which they are a part of.

Mirriam Banda Chisamba is the primary health care provider, midwife, nurse, administrator, counsellor and health champion to 15,000 people in her region in eastern Zambia at Kafumbwe Rural Health Centre, 600km from the capital, Lusaka. “Malaria has caused havoc with my nation’s health. In my own career, I have memories of women and children dying of malaria on hospital beds. Some even died in the queue as they waited to be attended to by the doctor. Six years ago, I almost lost my daughter to malaria,” Mirriam remembers. “But Zambia is an amazing success story. In just a few years, we have reduced the...

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The Global Fund Advocates Network Speakers Bureau welcomes our three new tuberculosis-focused Global Fund champions who will be sharing their stories over the next few years with decision-makers around the world to advocate for Global Fund resource mobilization. The GFAN Speakers Bureau is relaunching in the coming weeks with 5 new and 5 returning champions.

With the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on TB scheduled for 2018, TB will be a key issue on policy agendas and we expect our speakers to be active in promoting the Global Fund’s importance in the fight to end this epidemic and to bring the voices of those affected to the highest levels.

Timur Abdullaev is from Uzbekistan and works as a human rights lawyer and public health consultant. Both the machine that was used to test him for TB and his TB medication were provided by a Global Fund grant. Not long after his diagnosis, he moved into TB activism. “We are the lucky survivors. Still every year the bacteria...

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The GFAN Secretariat is proud to announce the relaunch of the Speakers Bureau, with a group of ten champions with a wide range of perspectives on populations, diseases and regions, who will work towards the Global Fund’s 6th replenishment in 2019.

GFAN created its ongoing project, the GFAN Speakers Bureau , in 2015, to help support its members in their advocacy for resource mobilization for the Global Fund. Its first group of eight members – or ‘champions’ for the Global Fund – took part in around two dozen advocacy tours across the continents and met with numerous parliamentarians, media and grassroots advocates. They attended high-level meetings, Global Fund replenishment announcements, parliamentary briefings and round-table discussions and were featured in around 100 news articles and multimedia pieces.

Our current team has five returning and five new members. Our new champions were selected from an excellent pool of candidates who appl...

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From 20-21 April 2017, around 60 advocates representing all of the G7 countries, as well as some Southern country partners, gathered in Rome for the C7 – civil society’s answer to the G7 Summit. Italy’s G7 Presidency this year is being seen a time of transition and new developments; for four of the seven leaders who will be around the table in Taormina in May – Theresa May (UK), Donald Trump (US), Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), and the soon to be elected new President of France -, it will be their first Summit.

On the first day of the C7, the advocates were briefed on the G7 process thus far, including the recommendations already presented to the Italian Sherpa’s office on behalf of civil society. The priority issues were broken down into seven categories: Systemic Issues; Climate & Energy; Education; Health; Gender Equality; Migration; and Food Security & Nutrition. Advocates drafted statements outlining the main priorities for each issue area (final statem...

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