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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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