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WACI Health & GFAN Africa meet with PEPFAR

On 18 June 2019, together with WACI Health, GFAN Africa met Dr Tamu Daniels the Country Coordinator of PEPFAR in Kenya and to Dr Dan Koros the Global Fund Liaison and presented to them a letter urging the US to make an early & increased pledged for a successful 6th replenishment of the Global Fund to save 16 million lives over the next three years.

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On 18 June 2019, together with WACI Health, GFAN Africa met Dr Tamu Daniels the Country Coordinator of PEPFAR in Kenya and to Dr Dan Koros the Global Fund Liaison and presented to them a letter urging the US to make an early & increased pledged for a successful 6th replenishment of the Global Fund to save 16 million lives over the next three years.

She added that the focus on health is long-term with a vision of achieving SDG 3 on the health and wellbeing for all by 2030.

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GFAN Africa Visit to Embassy of Japan in Kenya

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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Partnerships with Private Sector Key to Achieving Desired Health Outcomes

On 5 September 2019, at the Zeitz Mocaa in Cape Town, GFAN Africa and WACI Health joined in an event organized by The Global Fund and Goodbye Malaria titled; Step up The Fight: How African Private Sector Will Help End AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030.

After years of remarkable progress in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, new threats have slowed progress and enabled the diseases to gain ground. With its capacity for innovation and collaboration, private sector in Africa plays a crucial role in stepping up the fight to end these epidemics.

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Carol Kachenga of GFAN Africa speaks in the panel session

The high-level event, also attended by South Africa’s and Namibia’s Ministers for Health, emphasized the important role of partnerships with the private sector in ending HIV, TB and malaria as epidemics and driving impact and economic growth. Partnerships enable different actors work on a common vision to achieve high impact. Critical partnerships do break barriers.

In his remarks, the executive director of the Global Fund Peter Sands emphasized that we must Step Up the fight or slip back. He added “The Global Fund is about collaboration, innovation, data driven execution and resources”.

Noting that health is a human rights issue, panelists posited that for sustainable healthcare, the right product must be available at the right place at the right time to the right people so as to achieve desired health outcomes. Private sector energy is needed to eliminate malaria and indeed, the three diseases. As a result of partnerships, the Coca Cola distribution model which reaches far and wide is being used to deliver medication to far flung areas.

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Panelists pose for a photo with Peter Sands

At the event, Goodbye Malaria, which is supported by Nandos, an international restaurant group founded in South Africa, as well as other corporate partners, pledged R85 million (about US$5.5 million) to The Global Fund to expand a grant that aims to eliminate cross-border malaria transmission in Mozambique, South Africa and Eswatini. Project Last Mile, GBCHealth and Zenysis Technologies announced in-kind support and co-investments to increase the effectiveness of health programs through innovations. Africa Health Business pledged to support the mobilization of African business. These co-investments will total more than US$23 million.

These events will also contribute to achieving UHC and SDG3 on the health and wellbeing of all.

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Young Women Must be Empowered to Step Up The Fight

On 4 September, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum for Africa, WACI Health, GFAN Africa, the Global Fund and partners in South Africa hosted young women from South Africa who and had conversations with experts on empowering young women. Young women must overcome barriers that hold them back and increase their vulnerability to HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. Only when they are empowered can they #stepupthefight so that we #getbackontrack.

In the format of panel discussions and a world café, discussants beamed the spotlight on the status of young women and HIV in Africa, stepping up opportunities for young women at the work place and increasing young women’s access to business, work, and education opportunities.

There were discussions on the vulnerabilities of young women towards HIV; the grim situation in the years when there was no treatment, and the progress made so far, especially with support from the Global Fund. Investments by the Global Fund have saved 27 million lives since 2002. HIV treatment is available for free, and there are innovative collaborations with the private sector to ensure access to treatment. Linda Mafu the Head of Civil Society and Political Advocacy at the Global Fund noted “days are gone when meetings started with candle lit moments of silence because a person we knew had died of AIDS”. Representatives of SANAC and UNAIDS participating in the meeting were urged to ensure that young women are always at the table where decisions on HIV touching on them are made.

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Economic empowerment of young women – For young women who need to find their way to into the work place, there were discussions on how to stand out as employees “you must have very strong work ethics, have realistic expectations, ensure social media decorum and prove your competence daily” advised Ncumisa Khoali, Human Resources and Administration Manager at TrakerSA

Young women interested in being entrepreneurs were advised that they must be seek financial and non-financial support – mental and spiritual support, physical support and to avoid short cuts. At the forum, the young women got opportunities for psycho social support, business support, employment and training on personal development.

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In Yokohama, Leveraging SDGs to deliver UHC for Women and Girls

WACI Health and GFAN Africa were in Yokohama on 28th August on the sidelines of TICAD 7 for a meeting on “Leveraging the SDGs to deliver Universal Health Coverage for Women and girls in East Africa: Lessons from the Communities” the meeting was co-hosted with the SDGs Kenya Forum and Eastern Africa national networks of AIDS and health service organizations (EANNASO) in collaboration with AMREF Health Africa and Kenya Aids NGO Consortium (KANCO).

At the meeting, participants shared experiences on mobilization and advocacy towards a successful 6th replenishment of the Global Fund, sexual & reproductive health rights, implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and review and the follow up of all these at national and regional levels. Further, participants presented case studies of how civil society organizations are working to drive the delivery of Universal Healthcare Coverage (UHC) in their communities. Finally, they showcased models of how Civil Society Organizations are leading on influencing the policy and programmatic agenda of UHC globally, regionally and nationally.

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CSOs present took the opportunity to build momentum for a strong declaration at the upcoming high level meeting on UHC. This is in consideration of the contribution of the declaration towards achieving the SDGs and the call to leave no one behind. The High Level Meeting will take place on 24th September in New York.

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Civil Society Conversations on Resources for Health

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On 23 July in Nairobi, Kenya, WACI Health and KANCO hosted CSOs from Kenya who were joined by GFAN Africarepresentatives from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Rwanda, and Tanzania for a candid discussion on the 6thReplenishment of the Global Fund and Domestic Resources for Health. The event – a panel discussion by representatives of communities, youth, civil society, and embassy of France, the Global Fund and Government discussed Kenya’s health financing status and the ways in which  the Global Fund is a worthwhile investment.

There was emphasis on the need for a successful 6th Replenishment of the Global Fund because has a strong record of achieving effective and accountable results with donor funding.

In addition, a successful Replenishment will contribute to:

  1. Reduce mortality from HIV, TB and malaria;
  2. Saving millions of lives;
  3. Reduce and avert new infections.

Inaction will result in the loss of millions of lives, millions of new infections, and a worldwide backslide on gains made against these three epidemics to date.

Participants thanked France for its leadership in hosting the 6thReplenishment Conference, scheduled for 9 October 2019 in Lyon, France, and for calling on other donors to step up their fight in order to ensure a successful Replenishment.

France has been a major investor in the Global Fund. “Increasing funding for the replenishment of the Global Fund will move us to a better place in healthcare. Taxpayers in France, sacrifice for others to improve their lives through better health” said Dr Pierre Bello, Health Advisor, Embassy of France in Kenya. He added that Kenya has a strong political will for a successful UHC and must take advantage of the external funding opportunities to be able to build stronger and more stable healthcare systems.

Through the support of the Global Fund, Kenya has improved its healthcare systems, and has increased its disease interventions and programs for the most vulnerable populations. Support to Kenya reaches those who need it most – communities. Grace Adego, a community health volunteer and a panelist at this event, expressed her gratitude for the free ARVs she receives.

Regina Ombam, Deputy Director, HIV Investments National AIDS Control Council, noted that as a lower-middle income country, Kenya’s donor financing is gradually dwindling. As such, there is need for increased allocation of domestic resources for health to ensure that existing funding gaps do not grow. She also noted that the Government of Kenya is increasing health financing and giving healthcare more attention and focus.

Ms Ombam challenged those present:

  • To think of the possibility of a replenishment conference for Kenya with Kenya government and stakeholders to discuss the health of Kenyans and how to fund it in future;
  • That civil society should keep government in check more vigorously;
  • Civil society voices are needed to end corruption in public finance management systems and to push for more resources;
  • There should be emphasis on integration within Government to stop wastage while implementing healthcare interventions;
  • The private sector should play a bigger role in complementing healthcare financing;
  •  The Government should consider entering into social contracts with major funders of health programs;
  • There should be focus on disease prevention.

Ms Fahe Kerubo, a young girl, noted that while HIV interventions are commendable, infections among adolescent girls and young women remain unacceptably high. Increased funding for health should address this challenge, and Kenya’s youth must be at the center of the HIV response.

There was a rallying call for additional resources for healthcare from donors, the Government of Kenya, and other implementing countries. Increased focus on healthcare will lead to a successful UHC and progress towards SDG3 goals for the health and wellbeing of all.

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