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WORLD TB DAY – KENYAN EDITION

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WORLD TB DAY – KENYAN EDITION

Yes, We can end TB! 

This year’s World TB Day commemoration in Kenya brought together stakeholders at Kimorori grounds in Murang’a County to declare their interest and  commitment in the fight against TB. In attendance were representatives from the national government, including the Cabinet Secretary for Health Hon. Susan Nakhumicha  and Principal secretary for Public Health  and Professional Standards Hon. Mary Muthoni, County Government officials, Global Partners. Global Fund, USAID, WHO; CSOs, Community Health workers and communities were in attendance.

All  the speakers emphasised a multisectoral approach to tackling TB because it impacts all sectors of  Kenya’s economy, including the education sector. Moreover, there was a common view on the need to include innovation in diagnosis and treatment of TB. Despite notable progress, TB remains a persistent public health challenge in Kenya, with the country being among the 30 high-burden nations for TB.

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Stop TB Partnership Kenya National Coordinator, Evaline Kibuchi

 

Stop TB Partnership Kenya National Coordinator, Evaline Kibuchi applauded the government for its continued support of the fight and urged legislators to continue involving TB in societal conversations. She asked the president, through the Cabinet secretary, to prioritise the government’s fight against TB by increasing Kenya’s health budget, thus increasing resources for health and for TB in particular.

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Cabinet Secretary for Health, Hon. Susan N. Nakumicha

 

The Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Nakhumicha applauded Community Health Workers for their good job in fighting TB at the grassroots level through raising awareness and offering community support. She also appreciated the efforts of global partners in the fight against TB. “As a ministry, we’re shifting our healthcare investment focus from curative to promotive and preventive services. By prioritizing these services, we’ll intensify the fight against TB as we work closely with our collaborators to secure a healthier future for all.” CS Nakhumicha. 

The event was marked by a march to stand in solidarity with communities affected by TB, and honor lives that were lost to TB. There were several TB diagnostic stations that were testing for the infectious disease, as well as celebrating the progress made in prevention and treatment of TB. 

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Phillip Nyakwana, Chair Non State Actors Kenya (left),WACI Health’s Executive Director, Rosemary Mburu (centre), Ag. Director General MoH, Dr. Sultani Matendechero (right)

 

Indeed, we can end TB, everyone has a role to play towards ending TB. 

CategoriesGFAN Africa

Celebrating GFAN Africa’s 2023 Achievements: A Year of Advocacy and Progress

Celebrating GFAN Africa’s 2023 Achievements: A Year of Advocacy and Progress

In 2023, the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) Africa marked an extraordinary year, demonstrating remarkable achievements in health advocacy and domestic resource mobilization across the continent. With a focus on collaborative empowerment and strategic advancement, GFAN Africa’s endeavors throughout the year have set a new benchmark for health advocacy in Africa. Here, we reflect on the key milestones and the collective impact of these efforts.

 

A Unified Voice for Health Financing

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GFAN Africa’s engagement with 18 African parliamentarians under the Nairobi Declaration was a landmark initiative, birthing the Regional Parliamentarians Taskforce on Domestic Resource Mobilization for Health in Africa. This body aims at advocating and  emphasizing the significance of domestic resource mobilization for sustainable health financing in Africa. This effort has not only reinforced the commitment of African leaders to health advocacy but has also spotlighted the imperative role of domestic resources in ensuring health equity and access.

 

Forging Stronger Partnerships for Health

The synergy between GFAN Africa and GFAN Asia-Pacific through the ‘Meet the Target 2.0’ campaign exemplifies the power of cross-regional collaboration. This campaign has been instrumental in sustaining advocacy for a fully resourced Global Fund and advocating for increased domestic resource allocation for health, embodying a collective commitment to universal health access.

 

Empowering Voices and Engaging Communities

GFAN Africa’s focused efforts on community and civil society engagement, particularly in Kenya and Malawi, underscore the organization’s dedication to amplifying voices at the community level. By facilitating dialogue and community engagement within the ongoing High Level Health Financing Reforms, GFAN Africa has played a pivotal role in shaping health financing reforms that are inclusive and equitable.

 

Influential Advocacy at Key Global Events

GFAN Africa’s active participation in significant global platforms, including the World TB Day, the World Bank Annual Summit, and ICASA 2023 amongst many other key moments, has amplified its advocacy reach. These events provided vital opportunities to highlight pressing health issues, mobilize support, and influence policy at both regional and global levels.

 

A Steadfast Commitment to Human Rights

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The platform’s united response to the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda exemplifies GFAN Africa’s unwavering commitment to human rights. By mobilizing a collective response and advocating for the rights of marginalized communities, GFAN Africa has reinforced the intrinsic link between human rights and health equity.

 

Looking Ahead

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As we celebrate the achievements of 2023, GFAN Africa remains resolute in its mission to advocate for sustainable health financing and equitable healthcare across Africa. The journey continues, and the network is poised to build on this momentum, driving further progress toward the 2030 global health targets.

 

GFAN Africa’s 2023 milestones are not just a reflection of the past but a beacon for the future, guiding continued advocacy and collaboration toward a healthier, more equitable Africa. Uniting voices, advocating passionately, to ensure Health For All in Africa.

 

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Unlocking the Power of Choice in HIV Prevention

Unlocking the Power of Choice in HIV Prevention

                                                                                                                             

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In Harare, Zimbabwe, on the 3rd of December 2023, AfNHi convened the 6th Biomedical HIV Prevention Forum (BHPF) with the support of the BHPF and AfNHi steering committee partners who made the forum a success. The BHPF partners among others included the Advocacy for Prevention of HIV and AIDS (APHA), AIDS Health Foundation (AHF), AVAC,  Frontline AIDS,  Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), New HIV Vaccines & Microbicides Advocacy Society (NHVMAS), Rwanda NGOs Forum on HIV/AIDS and Health Promotion, Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA), CASPR Partners, WACI Health and partner the Global Fund, CIFF, and USAID.   

  • In her impactful address at the BHPF, Tariro Pamela Mapeto, a young leader from Zimbabwe, shed light on the gaps and opportunities for involving the youth in HIV prevention researcunnamed 3h. Tariro emphasised the need for meaningful inclusion of young people as equal contributors in crafting solutions tailored to their needs. She highlighted the disproportionate impact on adolescent girls and young women in Sub-Saharan Africa, underscoring the urgent need for their active involvement. Despite the challenges, Tariro asserted that young people possess untapped potential for innovative solutions crucial in the global fight against HIV. Her call to action focused on scaling up interventions such as PrEP, U+U, and self-testing while urging the approval and expansion of newer options like long injectable PrEP and DAPIRing. Tariro emphasised the importance of intentionally creating and sustaining platforms for the voices of Adolescent Girls and Young Women in the HIV response, bridging knowledge gaps through youth-centric channels like social media. Finally, she urged the facilitation of effective support groups to provide safe spaces for young people affected by HIV by: fostering interaction, sharing experiences, and empowerment among peers. Tariro’s call to action resonates as a compelling roadmap for bridging the gap between policy and action in the multifaceted realm of HIV prevention. 

The HIV Prevention Choice Manifesto was envisioned and put together by African women, girls, feminists, and advocates for HIV prevention across Southern and Eastern Africa. United in their call for sustained political and financial commitments for HIV prevention choice.  The Choice Manifesto was visualised following extensive dialogues with funders, governments and communities. At the BHPF, a panel of experts delved into the implications of this manifesto, unravelling its significance and envisioning its impact on the future landscape of HIV prevention. 

Moreover, Grace Kumwenda urged the importance of choice in HIV prevention. She presented the HIV prevention pipeline, which includes long-acting injectables, dual protection pills and ongoing advocacy through the Choice Manifesto. Grace emphasised the importance of quickening the process from product approval to hands-on implementation and addressing structural barriers. Advocating for provider training and investing in healthcare professionals is essential for successful implementation. 

The Partner’s Panel on the future of biomedical HIV prevention, featured insights from key representatives. Mary Latka, from USAID, emphasised collaboration with local governments, donors, and academia, and creating an enabling environment for affordable choices. Anna Rammou, of CIFF, highlighted the importance of choice, emphasising CIFF’s commitment to multi-stakeholder agreements and empowering communities to make informed decisions. Financial diversification and accountability were key considerations for CIFF. Dr. Vuyiseka Dubula, of the Global Fund, emphasised the centrality of communities in their strategy for future prevention options. Community representative, Ruth Akulu, stressed the need for sustainability in HIV prevention, addressing challenges such as gender-based violence and empowering communities to make choices. She advocated for broader participation in research across all African countries to ensure demand and supply alignment for effective solutions. 

Key takeaways from the forum; 

Strengthen Youth Involvement: Actively involve young people in shaping HIV services by letting them express their preferences in terms of services, delivery methods, and locations. Their meaningful participation should be a cornerstone in the planning and execution of Biomedical HIV Prevention (BHP) initiatives. 

Let Communities Lead: Empower communities to take charge of programs designed for them. Decision-making processes within BHP should prioritise the voices and needs of the communities being served, ensuring programs are tailored to their unique circumstances. 

Unlock the Power of Choice: Expand the range of available HIV prevention options. It is crucial to ensure that key populations are not excluded, and affordability must be prioritised to guarantee widespread access to these prevention products. 

Enabling Policy Environment: Remove or amend punitive laws that hinder access for key populations. Create policies and legal frameworks that facilitate the distribution and accessibility of BHP products, particularly to those who need them the most. 

Sustainable Financing: Strengthen domestic resource mobilisation efforts to fund biomedical prevention research. Emphasise the importance of sustainable financing, exploring various funding options to ensure the continued development and accessibility of prevention methods. 

Partnership & Collaboration: Promote collaboration among stakeholders and partners. Strengthen domestic resource mobilisation not only for funding but also for fostering collaboration among diverse entities involved in biomedical prevention research and health funding options.

 

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