The Global Fund’s announcement that it will cancel funding “Round 11” means now more than ever we need African Governments to step up and Invest Sustainable Domestic Resources in Health and HIV Responses. We need Africa’s financial ownership of the response to HIV and AIDS. Download art work below.
One of the most critical challenges in addressing the response to HIV in Africa is Health and HIV Financing. With funding for HIV programmes taking a significant 10% knock in 2010. We also know that our African leaders committed to placing the fight against HIV, TB and Malaria as the highest priority issue in their national development plans until 2025 agreeing upon allocating at least 15% of their annual budgets to health. Only a handful of countries have achieved this target, with the regional average remaining at 7%. Our countries continue to be culpable for the dearth of response to the epidemic.
Many of us have been doing consistent campaigning and work around HIV Financing. There is need to up the pressure and double our efforts as civil society and other stakeholders towards “Investing sustainable domestic resources in Health and HIV responses. Africa’s financial ownership of the response to HIV and AIDS.” The upcoming ICASA conference is recognised as a key mobilising moment to raise the issue.
When and Where?
ICASA 2011 from the 4 – 8th December
The aim of the campaign would be to:
Sensitize ICASA conference participants and civil society at large on the need for African governments to take on a greater share of the responsibility to finance the HIV response in their respective countries. More importantly, to establish a platform to have country specific advocacy initiatives aimed at pressurizing African governments to do more in financing Health and HIV.
How will we do this? Some ideas to get our juices flowing …by no means set in stone, more ideas are welcome.
- We aim to ensure that the opening and closing ceremony speakers would raise the issue with a campaign message that will resonate throughout the conference.
- Fact sheets and Q&A for hand out on the key issues and particularly what we can do. For activists to use at sessions and plenary discussions.
- Banners that can be placed strategically and can be used in the marches that are planned.
- A media strategy and a media briefing.
- Meeting with the AU Commission Chair, Heads of States and Governments attending ICASA.
- Meeting with key leaders that are attending the Leadership Programme.
- We will have a presence at the youth pre-conference.
- We will have a presence at the MSM pre- conference.
- We will have a presence at the Faith pre-conference.
- Two speakers at a session on Promoting Political commitment and Accountability in the “Own, Scale-up and Sustain” are from our partners and are going to be talking about resource mobilisation.
- Presence at the Community Village.
Who is already involved?
AIDS Accountability International (AAI)
Action Group for Health Human Rights and HIV/AIDS (AGHA) Uganda
African Council of AIDS Service Organizations (AfriCASO)
African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (Amsher)
AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA)
Association des Femmes Actives et Solidaires (AFASO)
Better HAG Uganda
The Botswana Network on Ethics, Law and HIV/AIDS (BONELA)
Consortium of Christian Relief and Development Associations (CCRDA, Ethiopia)
Center for Economic and Governance on AIDS in Africa (CEGAA)
Center for Health and Human Rights Development (CEHURD) Uganda
The Eastern Africa National Networks of AIDS Service Organizations (EANNASO)
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) Uganda
Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD)
Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)
International HIV and AIDS Alliance
International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW) Eastern Africa
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC)
Journalists against AIDS (JAA, Nigeria)
Kenya AIDS NGOs Consortium (KANCO)
Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV&AIDS (KELIN)
Kenya Treatment Access Movement (KETAM)
Masibambane African Action Group – South Africa
The Networking HIV&AIDS Community of Southern Africa (NACOSA)
National Care Centre
Network of African People Living with HIV and AIDS (NAPSAR+) Southern Africa Region
National Empowerment Network of People Living with HIV in Kenya (NEPHAK)
Networks of Networks of HIV Positives in Ethiopia (NEP+)
Pan African Treatment Access Movement (PATAM)
Positive Generation Cameroon
RéCAP+ (Cameroon Network of Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS)
Southern Africa HIV and AIDS Information Dissemination Service (SAfAIDS)
The AIDS SUPPORT ORGANISATION (TASO)
Uganda Muslim Women Vision (UMWV)
World AIDS Campaign (WAC)
To join the team and sign up to the campaign kindly contact:
Telephone: 00 2721 487 3010 and mobile 00 2779 896 0401