GFAN – Africa

The Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) was established in Africa, hosted by WACI Health, to unite voices seeking to fight and end HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Malaria. GFAN-Africa has built an extensive social movement of advocates, civil societies and affected communities in order to achieve sustainable health financing. This is has been done through recruiting, connecting and implementing strategies for Domestic Resource Mobilization and a successful replenishment of the Global Fund.

To achieve our ambitions for sustainable health financing, at GFAN Africa, we elevate and unite communities and civil society’s voices and actions on health advocacy in the Africa region using the ‘right to health’ framework.

Goals

The overall purpose of GFAN Africa is to build a social movement in Africa to demand health for all by recruiting, connecting, and mobilizing advocates to communicate the urgent need and demand for Domestic Resource Mobilization and a successful replenishment of the Global Fund.

Objectives

  • Support Advocacy and Resource Mobilization – To empower and support GFAN Africa members in developing and implementing advocacy strategies (including working with media) on global health and resource mobilization for the Global Fund
  • Support Action – To initiate and support powerful action of GFAN Africa members at regional and national level.
  • Build the movement – To facilitate and expand the membership network in support of the Global Fund, with increased participation from advocates and affected communities in implementing countries, current donor countries and potential new donor countries.

Why is the Global Fund so important?

The Global Fund is the main financier of international efforts against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and has developed a strategy that allow us to see for the first time how we can fundamentally change the course of the epidemics.

Enormous but extremely fragile progress has been made at exactly the time as donors have been scaling back or failing to meet their commitments. This forced the Global Fund to halt funding for new grants in 2011 for almost a year and a half. Aside from funds pledged at the replenishment conferences, significant resource mobilization is still necessary for demand that the Fund cannot fund and for domestic resource mobilization in the fight against the 3 diseases.

Over $50 Billion has been pledged to the Global Fund from both public and private benefactors which has saved the lives of 32 million people who would have died owing to the three epidemics. It has also supported a wide range of care, treatment, and prevention activities; led to the development and strengthening of health systems; and promoted scientific advances.

The Global Fund is financed through cycles in order to identify and obtain predictable, long-term and sustainable financial support; countries, private foundations, corporations and faith-based organizations pledge funding at a replenishment conference hosted every 3 years.

Visit the Global Fund website for more information.

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