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Our GFAN Speaker, Louie Zepeda-Teng, joined world leaders and civil society to fight to end tuberculosis at the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health in Cape Town, South Africa in December 2015.

Sadly, tuberculosis is currently the top infectious disease killer worldwide according to the World Health Organization. This statistic encourages me to continue to speak about my experiences with tuberculosis so that it doesn’t happen to others and to make sure that disability issues and patient empowerment are included in public health programs.

Back at the 2012 Conference, I remember the lack of participation of survivors like me in these collaborations. Now I can really sense that more people are seeing the importance of bringing in the voices of the affected. I always tell my audience that TB is not just a medical problem, it’s also a social problem. No matter how good the drugs are, how fast the diagnosis becomes, service providers still need ...

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L-R: Dr David Brandling-Bennett (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), John Bishop, Maurine Murenga (Global Fund Advocates Network, Kenya), Kevin Cahill CBE (CEO, Comic Relief), Ramil Burden (VP for Africa and Developing markets, GSK), Baroness Verma (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development) and Prof. David Schellenberg (London school of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine). Photo: Mark Shenley/Comic Relief

Guest post by Malaria No More UK

In December Malaria No More UK was thrilled to host the hugely inspiring Global Fund advocate Maurine Murenga for an action packed day of meetings and events in London.

The day kicked off bright and early at the Science Museum when Maurine spoke at the launch of a ground-breaking partnership between Comic Relief and GlaxoSmithKline . The partnership is dedicated to helping fight malaria and strengthen health systems in five countries worst affected by the disease. Sp...

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At the beginning of October, five of our GFAN Speakers had the opportunity to take part in public speaking and media skills training for tuberculosis and Global Fund advocates.

The intensive training included participatory exercises on media engagement, interview techniques, message development & delivery and social media. ACTION has been holding this type of training for 10 years and this is the first time GFAN has officially partnered with the organization to engage replenishment advocates.

The goal of the trainings is to increase the number of influential spokespeople who can successfully raise awareness and support for their respective issues. Each training also aims to provide a focus on a theme, such as nutrition, maternal and child health and others depending on upcoming international advocacy needs that require strong messengers to support positive outcomes.

The feedback from our speakers was resoundingly positive ̵...

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“I am living evidence that the Global Fund saves lives and that ending epidemics is a reality.” (c) Rob Tannenbaum/Global Fund

With the launch of its 2015 Results Report, the Global Fund 5th replenishment campaign has now officially begun. The GFAN Speakers Bureau has also started to organize advocacy tours with GFAN partners to help convince decision-makers in various countries of the the need to support the important role the Global Fund has in ending the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics.

Our speaker, Maurine Murenga , recently took part in a whirlwind tour to New York, Berlin and London.

In New York during the SDG Summit, Maurine shared the stage at the UN with the leaders of Japan, Liberia and Thailand as well as leaders of UN agencies and Global Fund partners. At the session, entitled The Path Towards Universal Health Coverage: The promotion of equitable global health and human security...

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After years of discussions, the new Sustainable Development Goals will be adopted in a matter of days. This renewal of global commitments has invigorated debates and offered an opportunity to evaluate how far we’ve come. Thanks in part to the investments channelled by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria , progress has been made for MDGs 4 (reduce child mortality), 5 (improve maternal health) and 6 (combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases). The Global Fund, along with other pooled finance mechanisms, is seen as one of the great successes of the MDGs because of its impact on health – this is why we need to ensure that the Global Fund remains a key and strong player when we start work on the SDGs.

GFAN is also renewing its work in 2015. Organizations in our network may remember Maurine , a women and girls HIV advocate from Kenya and one of our Here I Am Ambassadors during the last Global Fund replenishment campaign. These ...

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