• Bouquets and brickbats for India’s fight against TB, HIV and Malaria

    • January 28, 2019
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    In preparation for the Preparatory Meeting for the ‘Sixth Replenishment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund)’, the Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) and India Working Group 1 (IWG) for the Sixth Preparatory Meeting co-organised the Communities and Civil Society Planning Meeting on January 16 and 17, at Le Méridian, New Delhi. The meeting aimed to support joint strategizing and create synergies among India civil society and regional and global communities and civil society advocates for a fully funded Global Fund leading up to the Sixth Replenishment Pledging Conference of the Global Fund to be held in October 2019 in Lyon, France. In addition, for the first time in India, community and civil society partners from HIV, TB and malaria have united their voices to strengthen their responses towards the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda and increased domestic financing towards the three diseases. India will make a history by being the first country from the ‘global south’ ever to host a ‘Preparatory Meeting for the Global Fund’s tri-annual Replenishments’ in the national capital, on the February 7-8. This will serve as an important milestone to mobilise funds aimed at accelerating AIDS, TB and malaria responses and building resilient and sustainable health systems across the world. It will also provide an opportunity to highlight India’s contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through broad public-private partnerships; and through the use of new tools, technologies call attention to India’s leadership in the production and supply of generic medicines and leading conversations around utilizing public health safeguards in the implementation of intellectual property rights.
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