In Memoriam: Jacqueline Wittebrood

It is with much sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jacqueline Wittebrood earlier this week.

Jacqueline was at International Civil Society Support since its humble beginnings in 2006 alongside Peter and Raoul. Jacqueline also acted as Communications Focal Point for the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, co-created the Global Fund Advocates Network and with colleagues in global health, conceived of and launched the first “Here I Am” campaign which has grown into a widely appreciated network of champions for the Global Fund.

Jacqueline extended her hand in friendship to a generation of advocates from so many different backgrounds who feel she nurtured and instilled in us a sense of dedication and commitment for our collective efforts in the HIV-response and other global health issues.

Jacqueline was compassionate, diligent and always demonstrated a deep understanding of the key human rights and development issues of our time. She conveyed her ideas succinctly, without arrogance demonstrating profound commitment. Apart from her incredible intellect, Jacqueline’s humble demeanour and strong sense of social justice made her an effective advocate, an excellent colleague and truly an amazing individual.

On behalf of our extended, global family of advocates, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jacqueline’s family and friends. The obituary in which Jacqueline’s family shared the sad news (attached to this message), reads:

Defeated and for all of us much too soon, in great sadness we had to bid farewell to our loving, caring, brave and fierce Jacqueline” and: “You just had to love this woman.”

 We wholeheartedly share these sentiments; you will be in our hearts and minds when you gather for Jacqueline’s memorial service on Tuesday afternoon. Together, we will remember and celebrate her life.

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For those attending the Global Fund 38th Board Meeting this week, please note that information will be circulated about an informal gathering to remember Jacqueline.

 

 

 

 — Obituary —

 In 2014, Jacqueline brought this piece of artwork back from Australia; It is titled:

 “Bush Tucker at Alice Springs and Hermannsberg” by Joanne Wheeler

 

 

Invitation: High Level Political Forum Side Event, New York. 17 July 2017

Support for this side-event is provided, in part, by the Free Space Process

Community action across the SDGs is key for ensuring effective and sustainable solutions, innovative approaches and partnerships and addressing the holistic needs of individuals served. None of the SDGs can be achieved without fully supported, fully funded and fully engaged local communities.

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Advocacy Alert: Ensuring Better Sustainability, Transition and Co-Financing Component in the Global Fund 2017-2019 Allocation Cycle

Civil Society Sustainability Network

What is this Information Note about?

This advocacy alert aims to create awareness and provide attention to opportunities within Global Fund processes and mechanisms in order to integrate and improve the quality of activities related to Sustainability, Transition and Co-financing (STC) in Global Fund funding requests (formerly known as “Concept Notes”) and the grant-making process during the 2017-2019 allocation cycle.

Even if your country has submitted a funding request for Window 1 or 2, there are still opportunities to include STC-related activities in the grant request or during implementation.

Who is this Information Note for?

This information is intended for community, key populations and civil society actors with some level of engagement in Global Fund processes at national and regional levels. CCM members representing civil society – those who are and will be engaged in country dialogues and civil society groups in countries that are transitioning or preparing for transition – are the primary audience of this advocacy alert.
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ICSS appoints leadership for new project, the Civil Society Sustainability Network

International Civil Society Support (ICSS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rico Gustav to the role of Senior Policy Adviser, Sustainability.

Mr. Gustav will lead on the development of the Civil Society Sustainability Network, which aims to mobilize support for medium and long-term sustainability of HIV- and TB-related programming for civil society and key and vulnerable populations as donors and countries continue to withdraw financial support from middle-income countries.

Activities of the Civil Society Sustainability Network include building and supporting a strong global network of effective advocates with meaningful involvement of those living in the most affected countries and regions, to redefine premature and harmful transitions and to hold all stakeholders to account on responsible transition planning.

Peter van Rooijen, Executive Director at ICSS, said “As a leader with vast experience at national, regional and global level, Rico brings a unique perspective and skillset to the ICSS team and to this important area of work, contributing to comprehensive sustainability frameworks for HIV and TB programmes. We are excited to welcome him on board.”

Rico Gustav will officially commence his new role on 1 June 2017 and can be reached at rg@icssupport.org.

ICSS staff publishes in latest Journal of the International AIDS Society

ICSS’s Senior Policy Adviser, Raoul Fransen, has published an article in the Journal of the International AIDS Society. The Viewpoint piece, entitled “Men living with HIV in serodiscordant relationships who desire a child/children”, provides an overview of barriers to men who want children, noting that “[t]reatment access has become a game-changer for many, but societal attitudes and understanding of ‘living with HIV’ in a serodiscordant relationship may take longer to change.” Read more