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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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Application deadline: Friday 28 April 2017 at 5pm EST

GFAN is seeking a new group of people for the GFAN Speakers Bureau. These individuals will, as much as possible, represent the diversity of people who are affected by the 3 diseases: men and women of all ages, people from countries around the world and people representing those key populations and communities that are most affected.

In 2015, the GFAN Secretariat brought together 8 people to join our newly created Speakers Bureau – a group composed of people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, TB and/or malaria who have seen the impact of the Global Fund in their lives and can share their stories to assist in resource mobilization advocacy.

Since then, our speakers have attended numerous events hosted in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific, including high-level meetings, Global Fund replenishment announcements, parliamentary briefings and ro...

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Our Global Fund Champion, EriKa Castellanos, took part in the Civil Society Hearing in April and a week of civil society-led lobbying initiatives held in May ahead of the High Level of Meeting on HIV/AIDS and at the side event “Leaving no one behind: The rights and health of key and vulnerable populations” during the HLM that took place from 8-10 June 2016 in New York.

Back in May, I joined 37 advocates from 30 different civil society organizations from countries around the world to engage in the official UN meetings and share their advocacy messages with country representatives in order to affect the outcomes of the HLM negotiations and final document. Being from Belize, I joined the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) group. We identified three priority areas that we knew our missions would be interested in: key populations, finance and human rights.

Our strategy was to start the conversations around financing since this is a hot topic for LAC. This would...

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Written by Anton Basenko , Alliance for Public Health & GFAN Speaker

Since I joined the GFAN Speakers Bureau in the summer of 2015, I’ve been very much looking forward to my first trip to support Global Fund advocacy. I’m from Ukraine, the country with the second biggest HIV epidemic in the Eastern Europe & Central Asia region and which is concentrated among and driven by people who inject drugs (PWID) and other key affected populations. It’s also a country with one of the highest rates of MDR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection in the world, but has the lowest rate of TB treatment in the region. Unfortunately, such important services as harm reduction programs, opioid substitution therapy, early TB detection or MDR-TB treatment are still not funded by the Ukrainian government: they are accessible exclusively because of funding and support from the Global Fund.

That’s why I was happy to be invited by STOPAIDS to attend two events in London in March wher...

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