What Happened at the HLM

The UN High Level Meeting on TB on September 26th was a momentous and historic occasion that we as a community have never had before.   Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to ensure the voices of civil society were heard.  Coming out of the HLM, we have a Political Declaration and commitments that we can hold our governments accountable to.

A few highlights from the HLM:

  • Registration was over-capacity, with very large numbers of civil society and community members attending in person
  • Over 120 countries registered to make official statements, including 16 Heads of State personally delivering remarks
  • In general, the statements made by countries made it quite clear that there is a lack of knowledge of TB at the highest levels
  • The US announced they would be ‘reprogramming’ US $35 million of existing USAID funding for the development of a performance-based measurement system, as well as an additional US $30 million for India (pending an increase from Congress)
  • The UK pledged £7.5 million to TB Alliance
  • Peru was the only country to mention domestic financing in their official statement
  • Asia-Pacific countries spoke quite a bit about access to medicines
  • Some issues that were not addressed in the plenary sessions were highlighted in the multistakeholder panels, including calls for an independent accountability framework from Bill Gates, Nick Herbert, and others
  • RD Marte from APCASO made an intervention in the multistakeholder panels on behalf of communities and civil society, drawing attention to the Civil Society Statement. You can read her intervention here

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Get back on Track To End the Epidemics

In our report Get back on Track To End the Epidemics, the Global Fund Advocates Network (GFAN) calls for significant increases in international funding to meet the 2030 targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals to end HIV, tuberculosis and malaria.

As the leading multilateral organization that invests in the partnership of donor and implementing countries in ending the 3 epidemics, funding for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in its Sixth Replenishment needs to increase by more than 20%  to ensure a fund of between $16.8 and $18 billion for 2020 and 2022 (updated numbers as per July 25th2018).

AIDS 2018: 22nd International AIDS Conference

  • The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 23-27 July 2018. The pre-conference will take place immediately prior on 21 and 22 July.
  • The International AIDS Conference is held every two years and is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world.
  • Gathering more than 15,000 global leaders, policy makers, researchers and advocates, it is a unique forum that intersects science, advocacy and human rights.
  • The theme of AIDS 2018 is Breaking Barriers Building Bridges, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations, including in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the North-African/Middle Eastern regions where epidemics are growing.
  • AIDS 2018 aims to promote human rights based and evidence-informed HIV responsesthat are tailored to the needs of particularly vulnerable communities — including people living with HIV, displaced populations, men who have sex with men, people in closed settings, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls and young people — and collaborate in fighting the disease beyond country borders.

The First Malaria World Congress

Where: Melbourne, Australia

When: 1-5 July 2018

Key Themes: Malaria Today – The recent history and present of malaria control and elimination efforts.

  1. Putting Malaria Elimination into a Global Health Context – How malaria sits within the broader global health context, with focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Care and health security.
  2. Meeting the Challenges of Malaria Eradication – How we move forward together to enable sustainable impact in malaria endemic countries.

For more information about the Congress and how to register please visit: www.malariaworldcongress.org